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Definition of parry:

  1. A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.
  2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
  3. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
  4. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.

Synonyms:

forget, defer, dishearten, shun, dip, stymy, block off, bend, table, douse, strike, distract, overreach, falsify, turn away, dodge, disconcert, duck, embarrass, beat, postpone, forfend, confuse, blank out, hold over, repulse, rejoinder, allow, sideboard, skirt, forefend, lug, halt, sidestep, ward off, elude, put over, wangle, avert, hinder, obviate, misrepresent, rebuff, close up, deflect, barricade, beat off, fend off, retort, put-off, buffet, prorogue, outwit, heel counter, return, ring, head off, cook, outfox, escape, border, immobilize, kibosh, blockade, turn off, hem in, comeback, bilk, impede, counterpunch, counter, freeze, resist, surround, evade, rebuke, fudge, stuff, replication, fake, hedge, tabulator, choke up, manipulate, besiege, block up, hedge in, shelve, environ, circumvent, bar, remit, set back, obturate, debar, keep off, block, flurry, riposte, stave off, jam, occlude, repel, stymie, avoid, obstruct, draw a blank, immobilise, beleaguer, outsmart, stop.

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