v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
Unwilling to injure his opponent in such a pointless clash, Dartagnan simply tried to parry his rival's thrusts.
Sentence in Classic:
Hyde (whom I described) was to have full liberty and power about my house in the square; and to parry mishaps, I even called and made myself a familiar object, in my second character.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
He had hitherto taken up a cold and even antagonistic attitude to this new doctrine, and with Countess Lidia Ivanovna, who had been carried away by it, he had never argued, but by silence had assiduously parried her attempts to provoke him into argument.
Anna Karenina(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Such was the address of each in parrying and striking, that the spectators broke forth into a unanimous and involuntary shout, expressive of their delight and admiration.
Although awakened, so to speak, with a start, Jean Valjean, accustomed to alarms, and steeled to unforeseen shocks that must be promptly parried, instantly regained possession of his presence of mind.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context
Tarchon flies like fire over the plain, carrying the armed man, and breaks off the steel head from his own spear and searches the uncovered places, trying where he may deal the mortal blow; the other struggling against him keeps his hand off his throat, and strongly parries his attack.
Jussac, anxious to put an end to this, springing forward, aimed a terrible thrust at his adversary, but the latter parried it; and while Jussac was recovering himself, glided like a serpent beneath his blade, and passed his sword through his body.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context