Tergiversate meaning

tər-jĭvər-sāt, tûrjĭ-vər-
To use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate.
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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.

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To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
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To change sides; apostatize.
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(intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate.
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(intransitive) To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
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To desert a cause, party, etc.; become a renegade; apostatize.
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Origin of tergiversate

  • Latin tergiversārī tergiversāt- tergum the back versāre to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tergiversor (“turn one's back, make excuses"); from tergum (“the back") + versō, frequentive of vertō (“turn").

    From Wiktionary