To tergiversate is to often change your mind about a subject or cause, or to change your alliances.verb
An example of to tergiversate is for a politician to change political parties and denounce a bill that they once helped to pass.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
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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