American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shift; practise evasion; make use of shifts or subterfuges.
- v. intransitive To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate.
- v. intransitive To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To shift; to practice evasion; to use subterfuges; to shuffle.
- v. abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
- v. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
- From Latin tergiversor ("turn one's back, make excuses"); from tergum ("the back") + versō, frequentive of vertō ("turn"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin tergiversārī, tergiversāt- : tergum, the back + versāre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“But unfortunately the expulsion of James II, which he called his "abdication," compelled him to use all reserve, to shuffle and to tergiversate, in order to avoid making William out a usurper.”
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