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

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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“Tergiversate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tergiversate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=tergiv01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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