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equivocate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of equivocate

  1. to avoid giving a definite answer or position the candidate equivocated as long as he could on controversial issues Synonyms of equivocate fudge, hedge, pussyfoot, tergiversate, waffle, weasel Words Related to equivocate flip-flop, yo-yo; dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, shake, shirk, shun, sidestep, skirt; bypass, circumvent; cavil, quibble; straddle Phrases beat around (or about) the bush, hem and haw, straddle the fence

Synonym Discussion of equivocate

lie, prevaricate, equivocate, palter, fib mean to tell an untruth. lie is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty.
    • lied about where he had been
prevaricate softens the bluntness of lie by implying quibbling or confusing the issue.
    • during the hearings the witness did his best to prevaricate
equivocate implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another.
    • equivocated endlessly in an attempt to mislead her inquisitors
palter implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises.
    • a swindler paltering with his investors
fib applies to a telling of a trivial untruth.
    • fibbed about the price of the new suit


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