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.
Raoul, therefore, had, in compliance with the wish of his father, served obstinately and passively the fortunes of Louis XIV., in spite of the tergiversations which were endemic, and, it might be said, inevitable, at that period.
The marchande de mode who employed Adrienne was as rusee as a politician who had followed all the tergiversations of Gallic policy, since the year '89.
The act of telling is often implicated in the nefarious activities told, compounding rather than atoning for sin, resulting in tergiversation, digression, and qualification.
Tergiversation seems to be the name of his game, allowing plausible deniability in case his devil-may-care utterances backfire.
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)
Selon l'editorialiste, le gouvernement s'est transforme du jour au lendemain d'un gouvernement de gestion de la chose publique en un Cabinet d'expedition des affaires courantes au moment oE le pays fait face a une grave crise financiere et economique, couplee a une tergiversation dans le traitement de ses repercussions car l'Executif demeure preoccupe par ses problemes internes, ce qui a fait devier l'action gouvernementale de la bonne voie.
The expectations the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, has created with regard to a broad action to protect the eurozone are not likely to be met, according to analysts who predict yet more weeks of tergiversation.
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The object was to exorcise the demon of thought, as Byron called the writer's master, by throwing a monkey wrench of housewifely normality in the twin conveyor of juxtaposition and tergiversation that runs up and down the heart of our profession like the anterior coronary artery.