- to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
Origin of prevaricate
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Examples from the Web for prevaricate
They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.Florida’s Midterm Warm Up
March 11, 2014
He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright, and straightforward.Self-Help
Do you say this to irritate and offend me, or do you prevaricate out of shame?A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
It is so hard for him to prevaricate: and it is bitter as death to tell the truth, now.A War-Time Wooing
Florio was vain enough to prevaricate on a matter of this nature.Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592
He told the truth, just as some boys quibble and prevaricate, simply and naturally.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
- (intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
Word Origin and History for prevaricate
1580s, "to transgress," a back formation from prevarication, or else from Latin praevaricatus, past participle of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," literally "walk crookedly;" in Church Latin, "to transgress" (see prevarication). Meaning "to speak evasively" is from 1630s. Related: Prevaricated; prevaricating.