prevarication

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prevarication the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
    • n prevarication intentionally vague or ambiguous
    • n prevarication a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prevarication (Law) A false or deceitful seeming to undertake a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
    • Prevarication A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office.
    • Prevarication The act of prevaricating, shuffling, or quibbling, to evade the truth or the disclosure of truth; a deviation from the truth and fair dealing. "The august tribunal of the skies, where no prevarication shall avail."
    • Prevarication (Law) The collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prevarication The act of prevaricating or deviating, especially from truth, honesty, or plain-dealing; evasion of truth or duty; quibbling or shuffling in words or conduct.
    • n prevarication Transgression; violation: as, the prevarication of a law.
    • n prevarication A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office or commission.
    • n prevarication In law: The conduct of an advocate who betrayed the cause of his client, and by collusion assisted his opponent.
    • n prevarication The undertaking of a thing falsely, with intent to defeat the object which it was professed to promote.
    • n prevarication The wilful concealment or misrepresentation of truth by giving evasive and equivocating evidence. Syn. 1. Equivocation, Shift, etc. See evasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Prevarication the act of quibbling to evade the truth
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praevaricatio,: cf. F. prévarication,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prævaricāri, -ātuspræ, inten., varicus, straddling—varus, bent.

Usage

In literature:

And the Space Academy doesn't list the Art of Prevarication among its curricula.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
Florio was vain enough to prevaricate on a matter of this nature.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
He charged the Adjutant-General Reiffenstein with gross prevarication.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
He should have no opportunity to prevaricate if I once challenged him.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
Tell your story straight, and don't conceal aught, or prevaricate.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I just won't have this lying and prevaricating and goings-on.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
He conforms to their customs and allows them to delay and prevaricate to their hearts' content.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
I thought we should arrive at the truth in the end, in spite of Mr. Jobson's prevarications.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
I don't say he is intentionally prevaricating.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
Come, Ermengarde, I am tired of prevarication.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
He had so ingenious a manner of prevarication that he actually believed his own tales.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
Hester could not prevaricate, even to please you.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
This was Aunt Annie's neat contribution to the necessary prevarication.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Tell me instantly and without prevarication, where have you been?
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
How monstrously you prevaricate!
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
You tried to be severe with me, Helen; but your voice didn't ring true, and you are the poorest sort of prevaricator I know.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
Never prevaricate to your lawyer; tell him everything right out.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
He will surely be heard from again some day, as he has the elements that go to make up a successful prevaricator.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
I prevaricated, and looked economical, and middle-aged.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
She was not offended, but a feminine impulse prompted her to prevaricate.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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In poetry:

From all the rest I single out you, having a message for you:
You are to die—Let others tell you what they please, I cannot
prevaricate,
I am exact and merciless, but I love you—There is no escape for you.
"To One Shortly To Die" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Applied in the real world, the title is no novelty, no Hollywood prevarication.
Glenn Kessler, who writes the Washington Post's Fact Checker column, is sometimes quite candid about political prevarication and sometimes he pretty much punts on issues.
Sunset Series rolls on with the Swinging Prevaricators this Sunday.
Paul Ryan, prevaricator- in-chief .
Mr Menon accused Pakistan of " prevarication " in investigating the attacks, which killed more than 160 people.
Prevarication became the main tool of governments: downtown San Diego was declared blighted.
) But Goolsbee's prevarication on the car bailout ("We are only in this situation because somebody else kicked the can down the road, and that's really an understatement") was too much for Dana Perino who responded.
Mr Pakula accused the Government of " prevarication bordering on negligence" by refusing to grant racing authorities the powers to suspend jockeys.
"I do think this is prevarication bordering on negligence," he said.
Applied in the real world, the title is no novelty, no Hollywood prevarication .
And his prevarication about drilling permits is much too easy to fact- check.
The truth behind the government's vacillation and prevarication about generating power in upper-middle class suburbs will also soon out.
And you became part of the problem by allowing Robert Zimmerman to come on your show and spread misinformation and perhaps prevarication throughout the waves, which we know many people will believe.
It might be long experience with rationalization and prevarication that makes us more prone to dietary cheating as we get older.
Here, the court found that prison officials embarked on a campaign of conspiracy, prevarication , and firing of doctors who indicated that Kosilek had a serious medical need.
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