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Verb
Present participle for ward off, circumvent
“With only one arm operational, Jay was doing all he could to parry Anthony's attacks.”
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Present participle for to avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc)
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“As my editorial staff can vouch, there was hardly a day during the race for governor of California when I was not required to parry questions from the media, American and otherwise.”
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Present participle for to fend off or defend against something hostile
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Present participle for to avoid giving a direct answer to (a question)
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Present participle for to frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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Present participle for to declare to be untrue
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Present participle for to act in opposition to
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The state of hesitating or being uncertain
Noun
Lack of susceptibility, or of capacity to feel or perceive
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