One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The second of eight standard parrying positions.
- ‘He will attempt to beat your blade away in seconde, but your counter attack is by a back edge cut to the body.’
- ‘The two or seconde parry is powerful and can knock a fencer attacking in the low line off balance if you take enough blade.’
Early 18th century: from French, feminine of second ‘second’.
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