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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Par·ry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parried p. pr. & vb. n. Parrying.]
 1. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
 Vice parries wide
 The undreaded volley with a sword of straw.   --Cowper.
 2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
    The French government has parried the payment of our claims.   --E. Everett.