prevarication


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pre·var·i·cate

 (prĭ-văr′ĭ-kāt′)
v. pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing, pre·var·i·cates
v.intr.
1. To speak or write evasively; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
2. To behave in an evasive or indecisive manner, usually in delay: "For months, Lennox prevaricated but at last ... he accepted the inevitable and left Scotland for France" (Magnus Magnusson).
v.tr.
To utter or say in an evasive manner.

[Latin praevāricārī, praevāricāt-, to straddle across (something), collude (used of lawyers) : prae-, pre- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vāricus, straddling, from vārus, bow-legged, bandy).]

pre·var′i·ca′tion n.
pre·var′i·ca′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truthprevarication - a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
falsehood, untruth, falsity - a false statement
fib, taradiddle, tarradiddle, tale, story - a trivial lie; "he told a fib about eating his spinach"; "how can I stop my child from telling stories?"
jactitation - (law) a false boast that can harm others; especially a false claim to be married to someone (formerly actionable at law)
whopper, walloper - a gross untruth; a blatant lie
white lie - an unimportant lie (especially one told to be tactful or polite)
2.prevarication - intentionally vague or ambiguous
equivocalness, ambiguity - unclearness by virtue of having more than one meaning
untruthfulness - the quality of being untruthful
3.prevarication - the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
fibbing, paltering - a trivial act of lying or being deliberately unclear

prevarication

noun evasion, lies, deception, pretence, deceit, quibbling, misrepresentation, falsehood, untruth, falsification, equivocation, cavilling After months of prevarication, a decision has been made.

prevarication

noun
1. The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
Translations

prevarication

[prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃən] Nevasivas fpl

prevarication

[prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃən] natermoiements mpl
I'm tired of his prevarication → je suis las de ses atermoiements

prevarication

nAusflucht f; (= prevaricating)Ausflüchte pl, → Ausweichmanöver pl

prevarication

[prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃn] ntergiversazione f
References in classic literature ?
He hesitated; and his answer, when he succeeded in making it, began with a prevarication.
Godfrey left the room, hardly knowing whether he were more relieved by the sense that the interview was ended without having made any change in his position, or more uneasy that he had entangled himself still further in prevarication and deceit.
Campbell knew the uselessness of any prevarication with an Indian; and the importance of complete frankness.
Yet such was the consequence of his prevarication that he could not obey the call.
could he stoop to such shameless prevarication as this?
If you persist in your present prevarication, I can, and will, make that sheet of note-paper you have stolen from me nothing but waste paper in your hands.
Which prevarication was bare-faced, by virtue of his having just installed the ram and piped the land.
He moved for a time aimlessly in that good company, humming a popular but refined tune, and thinking vaguely of a business letter from abroad, which had to be answered on the morrow with cautious prevarication.
However, my annual prevarication has been helped in at least one sense this year as I can categorically state I will not be buying any presents from Next.
It really does "smack" of prevarication and somewhat duplicitous .
She listened and replied without prevarication and pontification.
In a speech on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Taleb Oumar denounced Morocco s persistent prevarication towards the United Nations efforts aimed at settling the Western Sahara conflict.