To use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate.
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.
To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
To change sides; apostatize.
To desert a cause, party, etc.; become a renegade; apostatize.
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