An example of parry is when a politician doesn't want to answer a question about his position on an issue so he gives an answer that sounds like he is answering but that doesn't really say anything at all.
An example of parry is when someone is trying to land a punch on a boxer and the boxer is able to block the punch and ends up throwing his opponent to the ground.
A blocking move that a boxer does to stop a blow is an example of a parry.
When a politican is asked a question about a scandal and gives an answer that isn't really an answer, the answer is an example of a parry.
He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
Origin of parry
- Probably from French parez imperative of parer to defend from Italian parare from Latin parāre to prepare perə-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From earlier parree, from Middle English *parree, *paree, from Old French paree (“preparation, ceremony, parade"), from Medieval Latin parÄta (“preparation, parade"), from Medieval Latin parÄre (“to ward off, guard, defend, prepare, get ready"). More at pare. The English verb to parry is taken from the noun.