tergiversate

verb
ter·​gi·​ver·​sate | \ ˈtər-jə-vər-ˌsāt How to pronounce tergiversate (audio) ; ˌtər-ˈji-vər-ˌsāt, -ˈgi-; ˌtər-jə-ˈvər- \
tergiversated; tergiversating

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Other Words from tergiversate

tergiversator \ ˈtər-​jə-​vər-​ˌsā-​tər How to pronounce tergiversate (audio) , ˌtər-​ˈji-​vər-​ˌsā-​ , -​ˈgi-​ ; ˌtər-​jə-​ˈvər-​ \ noun

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Examples of tergiversate in a Sentence

shamelessly tergiversating, the witness replied, “Well, it depends upon what your definition of ‘truth’ is”

First Known Use of tergiversate

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tergiversate

Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari to show reluctance, from tergum back + versare to turn, frequentative of vertere to turn — more at worth

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The first known use of tergiversate was in 1590

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“Tergiversate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tergiversate. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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