- To tergiversate is to often change your mind about a subject or cause, or to change your alliances.
An example of to tergiversate is for a politician to change political parties and denounce a bill that they once helped to pass.
tergiversate definition by Webster's New World
- to desert a cause, party, etc.; become a renegade; apostatize
- to use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate
Origin: ; from Classical Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari, to turn one's back, decline, shift ; from tergum, the back (see tergum) plush versari, to turn: see verse
tergiversate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb ter·giv·er·sat·ed, ter·giv·er·sat·ing, ter·giv·er·sates
- To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
- To change sides; apostatize.
Origin: Latin tergiversārī, tergiversāt- : tergum, the back + versāre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- terˌgi·ver·saˈtion noun
- terˈgi·ver·saˌtor noun