from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To use evasions or ambiguities; equivocate.
- intransitive v. To change sides; apostatize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate.
- v. To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shift; to practice evasion; to use subterfuges; to shuffle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shift; practise evasion; make use of shifts or subterfuges.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
- v. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
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)
From Latin tergiversor ("turn one's back, make excuses"); from tergum ("the back") + versō, frequentive of vertō ("turn"). (Wiktionary)