1. ward off a blow; deflect; strike aside
1. He moved to parry his opponent's sword-blow with his own sword, but he was not quick enough, and the blade pierced his heart and killed him instantly.
2. (figurative) ward off; deflect; strike aside
2. At the news conference, the politician managed to parry every question that was put to him, cunningly answering in such a way that no real information was conveyed.
parare (to make ready, prepare) (Latin)
sounds like "Harry" Potter who wards off the curse from Voldemort. pari- imagine a pari (angel) warding off difficulties.