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[pri-var-i-key-shuh n] /prɪˌvær ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the act of prevaricating, or lying:
Seeing the expression on his mother's face, Nathan realized this was no time for prevarication.
a false or deliberate misstatement; lie:
Her many prevarications had apparently paid off; she was free to go. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Calendar, he believed, was capable of prevarication, polite and impolite.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • There was no prevarication or difficulty with the only witness examined.

  • He had so ingenious a manner of prevarication that he actually believed his own tales.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • I scorn a lie—my prayer is to leave every prevarication behind.

  • Mind, I must have truthful and straightforward answers—no prevarication.'

    Aunt Mary

    Mrs. Perring
  • His arm tightened over her hand, but he made no attempt at prevarication.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • I never knew another man so fertile in the art of prevarication.

    The House

    Eugene Field
  • Mrs. Danner, filled with consternation, sought refuge in prevarication.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • The question was too precisely put to allow of any prevarication.

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
  • They can perform prodigies of prevarication and get away with them.

    Nothing But the Truth Frederic S. Isham
Word Origin and History for prevarication

late 14c., "divergence from a right course, transgression," from Old French prevaricacion "breaking of God's laws, disobedience (to the Faith)" (12c., Modern French prévarication) and directly from Latin praevaricationem (nominative praevaricatio) "duplicity, collusion, a stepping out of line (of duty or behavior)," noun of action from past participle stem of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," literally "walk crookedly," in Church Latin, "to transgress," from prae "before" (see pre-) + varicare "to straddle," from varicus "straddling," from varus "bowlegged, knock-kneed" (see varus). Meaning "evasion, quibbling" is attested from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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