tergiversate

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

Definition of tergiversate

tergiversated

;

tergiversating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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


First Known Use: 1590



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