An example of to tergiversate is for a politician to change political parties and denounce a bill that they once helped to pass.
intransitive verb-·sat·ed, -·sat·ing
- to desert a cause, party, etc.; become a renegade; apostatize
- to use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate
Origin of tergiversatefrom Classical Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari, to turn one's back, decline, shift from tergum, the back (see tergum) + versari, to turn from versus: see verse
intransitive verbter·giv·er·sat·ed, ter·giv·er·sat·ing, ter·giv·er·sates
- To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
- To change sides; apostatize.
Origin of tergiversateLatin tergiversārī tergiversāt- tergum the back versāre to turn ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present tergiversates, present participle tergiversating, simple past and past participle tergiversated)