prevaricator

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prevaricator a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prevaricator (Roman Law) A sham dealer; one who colludes with a defendant in a sham prosecution.
    • Prevaricator One who betrays or abuses a trust.
    • Prevaricator One who prevaricates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prevaricator One who prevaricates; a shuffier; a quibbler.
    • n prevaricator One who acts with unfaithfulness and want of probity; one who abuses a trust.
    • n prevaricator Formerly, at the University of Cambridge, England, the opponent of the inceptor at commencement. He delivered a prefatory oration, freely satirizing prominent individuals.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Prevaricator one who prevaricates to evade the truth: a quibbler
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

I wonder, Ralph that you can give way to such mean-spirited prevarication.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
I never knew another man so fertile in the art of prevarication.
"The House" by Eugene Field
And yet, if the paper would serve to give me entrance I'd try not to prevaricate in the least.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
She's muddled, she palpably prevaricates; so I can't positively, from her observation, give you an hour.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
Diamond told him he was a natural-born prevaricator, and let it go at that.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
I believe he is the most accomplished prevaricator I ever met.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
When these circumstants shall but live to see The time that I prevaricate from thee.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
There was no prevarication or difficulty with the only witness examined.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
But to Mrs. Kilgore he very naturally seemed to be prevaricating.
"Two Days' Solitary Imprisonment" by Edward Bellamy
It is so hard for him to prevaricate: and it is bitter as death to tell the truth, now.
"A War-Time Wooing" by Charles King
That Kant was not above a little pious prevarication is shown by a story he himself tells.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
M. Destournier was no hand to prevaricate.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Challis frowned and prevaricated.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
No, we are not to be done out of our Russians by any mere UNDER-SECRETARY FOR WAR; certainly not one who is capable of such prevarication.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914" by Various
I faltered and prevaricated feebly.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
After a deal of dodging and prevarication, it was traced to black Sam, the nigger cook.
"Seven Frozen Sailors" by George Manville Fenn
I took a blessed refuge in prevarication.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
He rises up in the morning, prevaricates, and dies.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
But he prevaricated and delayed, until at last the patience of the Muscovite authorities was quite exhausted.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
It struck him he was getting to prevaricate better.
"The Sea Lady" by Herbert George Wells
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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:

The truth behind the government's vacillation and prevarication about generating power in upper-middle class suburbs will also soon out.
Call it polished prevarication .
) Lola/Mary then has to prove herself in her new world, which she does through a combination of genuine talent and a tendency toward self-dramatizing prevarication .
Sun should be nervous about the consequences of allowing its spokespeople to indulge in flames, spin, and prevarication when there are serious issues on the table.
Prevarication was the rule, persuasive reasoning the rare exception.
The two things to watch for to indicate a rapid reversal in the gold down-trend and back to mark fresh highs are a higher Greek 10 year bond coupled with political prevarication - and the VIX index back above 40.
It is also a most thorough, long winded, made up prevarication of the One Oar Music Of The Sea Festival title justification.
When does "and was done for the regular fan" become an out-and-out prevarication .
Evasion, prevarication , just plain stalling when nothing else will help are the order of the day, whether it come from staff, public relations advisers or party stalwarts.
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.
Unlike Chalfant, the jury of 12 citizens was not amused by Simon's prevarication .
I had a prevarication for witchy stuff.
You should worry only if you catch someone in a big, bald-faced act of prevarication .
This year the show will be referred to as the Great Prevarication Address, crediting events in 2011 like a Whodunit novel.
They are the enemies of ignorance and prevarication , and the allies of truth and enlightenment.
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