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Examples of tergiversation in a Sentence
like most politicians, he has the gift for tergiversation
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The Latin verb tergiversari means "to show reluctance," and it comes from the combination of tergum, meaning "back," and versare, meaning "to turn." Tergiversari gave English the noun tergiversation and the verb tergiversate ("to engage in tergiversation"). Tergiversation is the slightly older term, having been around since at least 1570; the first known use of tergiversate dates from 1590. There's also the much rarer adjective tergiversant ("tending to evade"), as well as the noun tergiversator ("one that tergiversates").
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