deflect vs parry what difference

what is difference between deflect and parry

English

Etymology

From Latin deflecto, from de- (away) + flecto (to bend).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈflɛkt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Verb

deflect (third-person singular simple present deflects, present participle deflecting, simple past and past participle deflected)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) deviate from its original path.
  2. (transitive, ball games) To touch the ball, often unwittingly, after a shot or a sharp pass, thereby making it unpredictable for the other players.
  3. (intransitive) To deviate from its original path.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
    Synonym: elude
    The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
    • 2013, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and ‘end colonialism (in The Guardian, 3 January 2013)[1]
      Critics suggest that Fernández, an unashamed populist and nationalist, is seeking to deflect attention from social disharmony at home.

Derived terms

  • deflector

Related terms

  • deflection

Translations

Anagrams

  • clefted


English

Alternative forms

  • parree (obsolete)

Etymology

From earlier parree, from Middle English *parree, *paree, from Old French paree (preparation, ceremony, parade), from Medieval Latin parāta (preparation, parade), from parāre (to ward off, guard, defend, prepare, get ready). More at pare. The English verb is taken from the noun.

Alternative etymology derives the verb parry from French parez, the imperative form of parer (to fend off), ultimately from the Medieval Latin parāre. See above.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpæɹi/
  • Rhymes: -æri

Verb

parry (third-person singular simple present parries, present participle parrying, simple past and past participle parried)

  1. To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc.).

Translations

Noun

parry (plural parries)

  1. A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
  2. (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
  3. (combat sports and martial arts) A defensive move intended to change the direction of an incoming strike to make it miss its intended target, rather than block and absorb it; and typically performed with an open hand in a downward or sideways slapping motion.

Derived terms

  • beat parry
  • opposition parry
  • yielding parry

Translations

Further reading

  • Parry in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)

Anagrams

  • pray’r

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