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From Latin tergiversor ("turn one's back, make excuses"); from tergum ("the back") + vers?, frequentative of vert? ("turn").
- (UK) (key): /'t?:dv?se?t/
- (US) enPR: t?r-j?v'?r-s?t, (key): /t?'dv?se?t/
tergiversate (third-person singular simple present tergiversates, present participle tergiversating, simple past and past participle tergiversated)
- (intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to obfuscate in a deliberate manner.
1999, Philip McCutchan and Werner Levi, The Hoof, ->ISBN, page 18:
The officials soon concluded that the easiest way to remain on good terms with the court was to elude responsibility, to tergiversate, to prevent results.
- (intransitive) To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
2002, Colin Morris and Peter Roberts, chapter 8, in Pilgrimage: The English Experience from Becket to Bunyan, ->ISBN, page 221:
Henry had hesitated before authorising the spoliation; he would soon tergiversate on other matters of doctrine but this act was irreversible.
- (intransitive, rare) To flee by turning one's back.
to evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate
to change sides or affiliation; to apostatize
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- second-person plural present indicative of tergiversare
- second-person plural imperative of tergiversare
- feminine plural of tergiversato
- vocative masculine singular of tergivers?tus