Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Vocabulary: tergiversation

Via Betsy and thefreedictionary.com:

ter·giv·er·sate (tr-jvr-st, tûrj-vr-)
intr.v. ter·giv·er·sat·ed, ter·giv·er·sat·ing, ter·giv·er·sates
1. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
2. To change sides; apostatize.

[Latin tergiversr, tergiverst- : tergum, the back + versre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.]

tergi·ver·sation n.
tergi·ver·sator (-str) n.

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Noun1.tergiversation - falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts

2.tergiversation - the act of abandoning a party for cause
abandonment, desertion, forsaking - the act of giving something up

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