tergiversation


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ter·giv·er·sate

 (tər-jĭv′ər-sāt′, tûr′jĭ-vər-)
intr.v. ter·giv·er·sat·ed, ter·giv·er·sat·ing, ter·giv·er·sates
1. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
2. To change sides; apostatize.

[Latin tergiversārī, tergiversāt- : tergum, the back + versāre, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

ter′gi·ver·sa′tion n.
ter′gi·ver·sa′tor (-sā′tər) n.

tergiversation

1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. — tergiversator, n.
See also: Renunciation
1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. — tergiversator, n.
See also: Cunning
1. the act or process of subterfuge or evasion.
2. the abandoning of a cause or belief; apostasy. — tergiversator, n.
See also: Heresy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tergiversation - falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
2.tergiversation - the act of abandoning a party for cause
abandonment, desertion, forsaking - the act of giving something up

tergiversation

noun
1. An instance of defecting from or abandoning a cause:
2. The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
3. An expression or term liable to more than one interpretation:
Translations

tergiversation

n usu pl (form, hum)(ständiger) Gesinnungswandel no pl
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He knew, as every one employed as he was did, that he was never safe; that flight was impossible; that he was tied fast under the shadow of the axe; and that in spite of his utmost tergiversation and treachery in furtherance of the reigning terror, a word might bring it down upon him.
Peel's late extraordinary tergiversation on the fatal Catholic Relief Bill, sat dumb amongst the ladies in the grand drawing-room, looking out upon velvet lawns, trim gravel walks, and glistening hot-houses.
The opposition leader added that AUPSC roadmap to facilitate the national dialogue was also killed by the tergiversation of the Sudanese government which has proven its lack of seriousness to achieve peace and reforms.
14: interrogatives tergiversation (contradictory, evasive or equivocal answers)
Rejecting the Fuhrer's peace offers, England becomes stuck in the phoney war, carried under the sign of tergiversation and barely moderated by a few naval operations meant to warrant security on the seas.
The tergiversation in Court work has had a global negative impact on the political, economic and social life of the Lebanese.
The communique underlines the tergiversation of the government in implementing the decrees 115 and 116, adding that "this government profits from the legal vacuum to carry on its policy of nominations without prior consultation of the Union structures.
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Despite the discursive dichotomy of terror/justice invented to legitimize the slaughter of 10-12 thermidor II, it took a full year of political tergiversation, thousands of pamphlets and petitions from victims or their families, extensive political purges, repeated disarmaments, and round-ups of revolutionary officials, as well as a massive wave of vigilante violence, before the Convention finally and formally repudiated the revolutionary justice of Year II.
Their own thinking ultimately involves a denial of the Austinian analytical connection between law and coercion in the general climate of tergiversation about this established by Hart, for it would appear that the public interest acts as a sort of moral whitewash for arbitrary power.
Russification can be discussed by resorting to tergiversation and "more civilised" terms like [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], but the essence of the problem does not change.
Gilles had accused him of tergiversation and of actions derogatory to the character of a gentleman, which he had failed to prove, and as he would neither give him an explanation nor a meeting, (in fact a duel) he was a liar and a coward".