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Apr 5, 2012
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French words that are now anglicized

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parry
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parry

PRONUNCIATION:
(PAR-ee)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To ward off or evade.
noun: A defensive movement or an evasive answer.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French parez (ward off), imperative of parer (to ward off), from Latin parare (to set or prepare). Earliest documented use: 1655.

USAGE:
"In the way Ryan Gosling parried questions with polite, self-deprecating charm, you could still see the Canadian in him."
Brian Johnson; Red Hot Ryan; Maclean's (Toronto, Canada); Sep 19, 2011.

See more usage examples of parry in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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