tergiversate

verb ter·gi·ver·sate \ ˈtər-jə-vər-ˌsāt ; ˌtər-ˈji-vər-ˌsāt , -ˈgi- ; ˌtər-jə-ˈvər- \

Definition of tergiversate

tergiversated; tergiversating
intransitive verb
:to engage in tergiversation

tergiversator

play \-ˌsā-tər\ noun

Examples of tergiversate in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of 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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