I verb apostatize, avoid, be uncertain, be unsure, change one's mind, change sides, desert, dodge, equivocate, evade, hedge, quibble, recant, renege, renounce, shift, straddle, turn renegade, use evasions, use subterfuge, vacillate II index abandon (relinquish), defect, equivocate, leave (depart), palter, prevaricate, quit (discontinue), rebel, recant, secede

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  • Tergiversate — Ter gi*ver*sate, v. i. [L. tergiversatus, p. p. of tergiversari to turn one s back, to shift; tergum back + versare, freq. of vertere to turn. See {Verse}.] To shift; to practice evasion; to use subterfuges; to shuffle. [R.] Bailey. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tergiversate — (v.) 1650s, from L. tergiversatus, pp. of tergiversari be evasive, lit. to turn one s back (see TERGIVERSATION (Cf. tergiversation)). Related: Tergiversated; tergiversating …   Etymology dictionary

  • tergiversate — [tʉr′ji vər sāt΄] vi. tergiversated, tergiversating [< L tergiversatus, pp. of tergiversari, to turn one s back, decline, shift < tergum, the back (see TERGUM) + versari, to turn: see VERSE] 1. to desert a cause, party, etc.; become a… …   English World dictionary

  • tergiversate — intransitive verb ( sated; sating) Etymology: Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari to show reluctance, from tergum back + versare to turn, frequentative of vertere to turn more at worth Date: 1590 to engage in tergiversation •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tergiversate — tergiversation, n. tergiversator, tergiversant /terr ji verr seuhnt/, n. tergiversatory /terr ji verr seuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /terr ji veuhr sayt /, v.i., tergiversated, tergiversating. 1. to change repeatedly one s attitude or opinions with …   Universalium

  • tergiversate — verb /ˈtɜːdʒɪvəseɪt,tɝˈdʒɪvɝseɪt/ a) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate. b) To change sides or affiliation; to …   Wiktionary

  • tergiversate — Synonyms and related words: alternate, apostatize, around the bush, back and fill, beat about, beg the question, bicker, boggle, cavil, change, choplogic, come round, desert, dither, do a flip flop, do an about face, dodge, duck, equivocate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tergiversate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To use evasive or deliberately vague language: equivocate, euphemize, hedge, shuffle, weasel. Informal: pussyfoot, waffle. Idioms: beat about (or around) the bush, mince words. See CLEAR. 2. To abandon one s cause… …   English dictionary for students

  • tergiversate — [ tə:dʒɪvəˌseɪt, və:seɪt] verb 1》 make evasive statements; equivocate. 2》 change one s loyalties. Derivatives tergiversation noun tergiversator noun Origin C17: from L. tergiversat , tergiversari turn one s back …   English new terms dictionary

  • tergiversate — v 1. vacillate, shilly shally, seesaw. Inf. flip flop, blow hot and cold, waver; shift, hedge, fence, beat around the bush; equivocate, prevaricate, quibble, Inf. waffle, fudge, palter, lie; evade, dodge, elude, weasel out, shuffle; qualify, trim …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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