tergiversate


tergiversate

verb (used without object), ter·gi·ver·sat·ed, ter·gi·ver·sat·ing.

  1. to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
  2. to turn renegade.

verb (intr)

  1. to change sides or loyalties; apostatize
  2. to be evasive or ambiguous; equivocate

v.1650s, from Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari “be evasive,” literally “to turn one’s back” (see tergiversation). Related: Tergiversated; tergiversating.

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