One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The seventh of eight standard parrying positions.
- ‘If someone gets a direct hit against you in septime then I reckon your distance and awareness need to be looked at (but then you could say that about any hit).’
- ‘Against the direct riposte from septime: parry septime or seconde while recovering, or parry quarte with the hand rather lower than in the usual quarte parry.’
Late 19th century: from Latin septimus ‘seventh’.
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