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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of abandoning something or someone, of changing sides; desertion; betrayal.
  • n. The act of evading any clear course of action or speech, of being deliberately ambiguous; equivocation; fickleness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of tergiversating; a shifting; shift; subterfuge; evasion.
  • n. Fickleness of conduct; inconstancy; change.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of tergiversating; a shifting; shift; subterfuge; evasion.
  • n. The act of changing one's opinions or of turning from them; the act of turning against a cause formerly advocated; fickleness or instability of conduct.

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

  • n. falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
  • n. the act of abandoning a party for cause


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin tergiversātiō.


  • ANC, as opposed to the NNP's "tergiversation", DA leader Tony Leon said on Friday.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Van Schalkwyk and his conduct in South African public life over the past decade was completely defined by an obscure old English word dating from the sixteenth century - "tergiversation".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "tergiversation" and it passed to the girl from the Red Mill, who spelled it without hesitation, and correctly, Helen applauded softly, while Tom audibly exclaimed: "Good for Ruthie!"

    Ruth Fielding of the Red Mill Or, Jasper Parloe's Secret

  • 'tergiversation' is a long and yet far from exhaustive list.

    Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents

  • He went for what he believed to be the right in the straightest possible manner, and had a huge scorn of other men who were given to tergiversation or trickery.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • A Week End Reading package dispatched two years later included A fascinating but somewhat implausible account of Chancellor Adenauers tergiversation on the test ban treaty; the latest Gallup Poll on the Conservatives in Britain; a private cable from Bowles; Joseph Alsops views on Diem and Nhu; and an interesting memorandum on our relative economic leverage with South Africa.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • The honorable member then adverted to that tergiversation of principle which the career of political individuals so often presented.

    Historical Documentation Concerning the Radical Piracy of _Wat Tyler_

  • It reads ‘We might be seeing something similar today in the over-publicised tergiversation of the philosopher Antony Flew, who announced in his old age that he had been converted to belief in some sort of deity triggering a frenzy of eager repetition all around the Internet.’

    The insincerity of Richard Dawkins « Anglican Samizdat

  • Horace was an upright young fellow, incapable of tergiversation on a matter of honor, going to the point without waste of words, and as ready to pledge his cloak for a friend as to give him his time and his night hours.

    The Atheist's Mass

  • I knocked around on the Federal Election Commission database (fec. gov) to understand Obama's tergiversation, looking at his 2004 Senate warchest of $14 million.

    Barack Obama Disappoints Re Israel/Palestine


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  • "intenet" should be "intend" on the last post...it's 3am where I am right now...

    July 1, 2009

  • I much prefer:

    tergiversation \tuhr-jiv-uhr-SAY-shuhn\, noun:

    1. The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous.

    2. The act of abandoning a party or cause.



    n. act or state of being apostate or renegade; equivocation. tergiversator, n. tergiversatory, a.

    "Like most writers, I have always championed thrift . . . . Not long ago, however, I experienced an extraordinary tergiversation. Now I'm an ally of excess, a proponent of redundancy."

    Michael Norman, "When an Author's Words Are Sold by the Pound", New York Times, September 15, 1991

    There are at least 4 different interpretations of the word as far as a quick bit of "Google sleuthing" could just provide.

    I intenet on implementing the word for a sort of "concept album" I started 5 years ago ie figuring I'd change my way of making music by now/attitude etc...but enough about me..

    July 1, 2009

  • "Crows hold courts of justice where sentence is passed upon Crows who do not know the mayor. After much cawing by the judge and a jury of the usual sort the defendant is torn to pieces to teach him a lesson. All and sundry then repair to a nearby tree to commit simony, petty larceny, tergiversation, and misfeasance, evict a few widows and orphans, double-cross one another, and make more laws. After a good laugh they hold evening prayers and go to roost in the wrong nests."

    Will Cuppy, "How To Tell Your Friends From The Apes"

    January 12, 2009