from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stray from or evade the truth; equivocate. See Synonyms at lie2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deviate, transgress; to go astray (from).
- v. To shift or turn from direct speech or behaviour; to evade the truth; to waffle or be (intentionally) ambiguous.
- v. To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shift or turn from one side to the other, from the direct course, or from truth; to speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble.
- intransitive v. To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
- intransitive v. To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
- transitive v. To evade by a quibble; to transgress; to pervert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deviate; swerve from the normal or proper course; stray.
- To swerve from the truth; act or speak evasively; quibble.
- In law: To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying the object which it is professed to promote.
- To betray the cause of a client, and by collusion assist his opponent.
- To pervert; cause to deviate from the normal or proper path, application, or meaning.
- To transgress; violate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Latin praevāricārī, praevāricāt- : prae-, pre- + vāricāre, to straddle (from vāricus, straddling, from vārus, bent).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin praevāricārī, from prae- with vāricāre, from vārus, from Proto-Indo-European *wā- (“to bend apart”) (the root of ‘various’). (Wiktionary)