tergiversator


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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.
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Noun1.tergiversator - a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
answerer, responder, respondent - someone who responds

tergiversator

noun
A person who has defected:
Informal: rat.
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Tergiversator transmitted into the water carrier and escort propulsion noises and active sonar transmissions.