• WordNet 3.6
    • n equivocator a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Equivocator One who equivocates. "Here's an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, yet could not equivocate to heaven."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n equivocator One who equivocates; a prevaricator.
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  • Michel Leiris
    Michel Leiris
    “Nothing seems more like a whorehouse to me than a museum. In it you find the same equivocal aspect, the same frozen quality.”
  • William Lloyd Garrison
    William Lloyd Garrison
    “I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse --I will not retreat a single inch --and I will be heard!”


In literature:

It was seldom that Lanyard entertained a guest of such equivocal character.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
He did not realize the equivocal form of his question.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
It was rather an equivocal look which the mistress cast over her shoulder at the girl.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 10, August, 1858" by Various
How had he blundered into so equivocal a situation?
"Three More John Silence Stories" by Algernon Blackwood
The Canon Irene indulged in a rather equivocal smile, which he half hid with his hand as he rubbed his nose.
"The Reign of Greed" by Jose Rizal
If he be a sculler, ask him if he be married: he'll equivocate, and swear he's a single man.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
The second rank is of liars and equivocators, as Apollo, Pythius, and the like.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Besides, there seems an equivocation in the use of 'comprehend' and 'conceive' in the same meaning.
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nor on that point are we left to any equivocal testimony.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
West Tennessee is somewhat equivocal.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

ROSAURA. What enigmas, O ye skies!
After many a sigh and tear,
Thus in doubt to leave me here
With equivocal replies!
"Life Is A Dream - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
O pale equivocal hour, whose suppliant feet
Haunt the mute reaches of the sleeping wind,
Art thou a watcher stealing to entreat
Prayer and sepulture for thy fallen kind?
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
Evening fell, equivocal, dissembling,
The women who hung dreaming on our arms
Spoke in low voices, words that had such charms
That ever since our stunned soul has been trembling.
"The Young Fools (Les Ingénus) " by Paul Verlaine
Happiness is silent, or speaks equivocally for friends,
Grief is explicit and her song never ends,
Happiness is like England, and will not state a case,
Grief, like Guilt, rushes in and talks apace.
"Happiness" by Stevie Smith
MUTE or loquacious, as chance may require,
Shrewdly complacent, quick to equivocate,
Bluff, bully, browbeat, brag, conciliate,
Cant, sympathise, or jest — both quack and liar —
He is the creature of effete desire;
"Melbourne Sonnets: XI The Agent" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Mr. Benjamin Franklin was wont to repeat,
In his budget of proverbs, 'Stolen Kisses are sweet;'
But they have their alloy —
Fate assumed, to annoy
Miss Arundel's peace, and embitter her joy,
The equivocal shape of a fine little Boy.
"Some Account Of A New Play" by Richard Harris Barham

In news:

There is no room for equivocation.
I continue to maintain that Romney's ability to lie, dissemble, distort and equivocate so effortlessly is a far more important story — and is far more telling about his character — than any $10,000 bet.
" Equivocation " at Victory Gardens Theater.
Equivocation gives the Bard a good shagging.
If fundamentalists on either side still remain, then they should be ashamed of this equivocation of "strong fundamentals" with what were the fundamentals for the economic growth we experienced in the age of High Finance.
It begins when a match is struck on a darkened hotel porch, and a soft voice rasps "th' equivocations of the fiend.".
If there is penetration of the peritoneum or if the wound exploration is equivocal for peritoneal violation, DPL is performed to determine if there is intraperitoneal blood.
Rt dealing, like lawyering, is one of the equivocal professions.
The ending of this movement comes with a powerful descending gesture that is often played as a snort of titanic disapproval, but here it was more deliberate and more equivocal.
If someone asked me to name the best Broadway musical, I'd gladly equivocate on any side of a debate embracing "Guys and Dolls," "My Fair Lady," "Carousel," "Porgy and Bess" and - well, you know the rest.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says defendants often use equivocal or colloquial language in attempting to invoke their right to silence.
The box-office result was less equivocal.
Sure, it takes us to the dark side, but it does so with such a fat dose of equivocation, the fight between good and evil feels fixed in favor of Hollywood redemption.
As Harvard law professor and Bush Justice Department official Jack Goldsmith has pointed out, Johnson 's speech contains many hedges and equivocations.
Of course if equivocation and prevarication were fast food (from all our local political folks), we should have a golden arch over the entire baseball stadium.

In science:

Without any equivocations, here is what I mean: Everybody has seen a satellite map on Google Earth like the one of the Uptown campus of Tulane University below.
Stochastic Homology. Reduction Formulas for Computing Stochastic Betti Numbers of Maximal Random Complexes with Discrete Probabilities. Computation and Applications
Further, we evaluate the exponential decreasing rate of leaked information and derive its equivocation rate.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
Further, by using (143), our method provides the equivocation rate while stabilizer formalism cannot derive the equivocation rate even in the independent case.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
Further, we have derived the equivocation rate for a given quantum wiretap channel.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
In brief: the Kalam argument commits the fallacy of equivocation in a way that seems beyond repair; two of the premises adopted by Aquinas seem dubious when the terms ‘cause’ and ‘causality’ are interpreted in the context of contemporary empirical science.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument