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- n. someone who palters
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who palters.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who palters or equivocates; an insincere dealer; a shifty person; a trifler; a trickster.
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"You are, instead, a palterer; and your life, apart from that fine song you made about me, is sheer waste."
He is but a drunkard in his cups, thou a palterer in sobriety. '
'I had rather she had played the villain than been such a palterer.'
In Djabal, at once enthusiast and impostor, Browning may seem, as often afterwards, to offer an apology for the palterer with truth; but in the interests of truth itself, he desires to study the strange phenomenon of the deceiver who would fain half-deceive himself.
Take notice, I do not charge Edith as being worse in this respect than others: she may not be as bad, though it is no recommendation that she is the daughter of one who is a Machiavel on trifles and a palterer and piddler on important matters.
"Are you at heart a poltroon or a palterer, cruel, dull, envious, full of hate?