tergiversator

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tergiversator a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tergiversator One who tergiversates; one who suffles, or practices evasion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tergiversator One who practises tergiversation.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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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
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
He had made Scotland a nation, and nobly redeemed the tergiversation and violence of his earlier career.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
But his subsequent tergiversations have proved him conspicuously base.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Why, I wonder, young man, you ain't ashamed to look me in the face after such a string of tergiversations.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
His misgivings and tergiversations had so much delayed him by the way, that it was past midnight, and the train was already due.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
No more perversion of sense, circumlocution, reticence, tergiversation!
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
What endless entertainment is derivable from striving to follow its tergiversations!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
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
In its long career of tergiversation, never had this noted newspaper been driven into such a position of shame.
"The Child Wife" by Mayne Reid
Despised by all for his tergiversations, he nevertheless was sought by all on account of his cleverness.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6" by Various
After these indignant effusions, Spenser in proceeding with the "Faery Queen" tergiversated in his feelings.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
To tergiversate is to fail.
"The History of Cuba, vol. 2" by Willis Fletcher Johnson
Sign it if you like; but sign it quickly; for this night brings all tergiversation to an end.
"The Smuggler: (Vol's I-III)" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford James
Was it any wonder, even though she might have been betrayed into a momentary tergiversation, that I bowed down and worshipped her?
"The Wiles of the Wicked" by William Le Queux
Answer then, without tergiversation.
"Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
But their tergiversation had cost them a thousand dollars a-piece.
"The White Scalper" by Gustave Aimard
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