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definition of the word tergiversation

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From Latin tergiversari.

Singular
tergiversation

Plural
tergiversations

tergiversation (plural tergiversations)

  1. The act of turning one's back; abandoning something or someone; betrayal.
    • 1985: They make their outward impudence their mask, as foxes, the better we may not see where they truly tend, nor their true black tergiversation beneath. — John Fowles, A Maggot
  2. The act of turning from a clear course of action; equivocation; fickleness.


From tergiverser and -ation, ultimately from Latin.

tergiversation f. (plural tergiversations)

  1. Delays in providing a clear answer caused by hesitations or an outright unwillingness to be forthright.

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