from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who prevaricates; a shuffier; a quibbler.
  • noun One who acts with unfaithfulness and want of probity; one who abuses a trust.
  • noun Formerly, at the University of Cambridge, England, the opponent of the inceptor at commencement. He delivered a prefatory oration, freely satirizing prominent individuals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who prevaricates.
  • noun (Roman Law) A sham dealer; one who colludes with a defendant in a sham prosecution.
  • noun One who betrays or abuses a trust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of prevaricate; one who prevaricates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly


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to prevaricate + -or or Latin praevaricator: compare French prévaricateur.


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