tergiversate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tergiversate abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
    • v tergiversate be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Tergiversate To shift; to practice evasion; to use subterfuges; to shuffle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tergiversate To shift; practise evasion; make use of shifts or subterfuges.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Tergiversate to practise or use evasion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tergiversatus, p. p. of tergiversari, to turn one's back, to shift; tergum, back + versare, freq. of vertere, to turn. See Verse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from tergum, the back, versāri, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

Such tergiversation in times of civil discord was nothing new.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
She was back once more, and her wild tergiversations were a secret from him whom alone they concerned.
"A Changed Man and Other Tales" by Thomas Hardy
Orange deemed such tergiversation paltry, but controlled his anger.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
An end to this tergiversation.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
Lincoln would not allow himself to be swerved from the main issue by any tergiversation or personal attacks.
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
His tergiversation of mood proves only that there were two Walpoles, not that the Walpole of the romantic enthusiasms was insincere.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
To fully describe his conduct in denouncing Arnold and Arnold's tergiversation and intrigues against him would lead me far afield.
"Colonel John Brown, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Brave Accuser of Benedict Arnold" by Archibald Murray Howe
What was Howe's explanation of his Lordship's tergiversation?
"The Tribune of Nova Scotia" by W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
Tergiversations were discovered on the part of the British negotiator.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. XI" by Various
Jay's mind was embittered by the tergiversations of Spain.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
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