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[pri-var-i-key-ter] /prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪ tər/
a person who speaks falsely; liar.
a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.
Origin of prevaricator
1535-45; < Latin praevāricātor; see prevaricate, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You are a prevaricator, for you tell things which are not so.

    Mother West Wind's Children

    Thornton W. Burgess
  • I'm not after sayin' me father was a prevaricator—no, indeed!

  • She was not alone a dunce when it came to acting, she was a prevaricator as well.

  • "Hampton's a prevaricator," he said gravely, as he looked down into the merry blue eyes turned up to him.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch

    Jackson Gregory
  • He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Everything this girl said made her more of a prevaricator, even though she might be innocent of crime.

    The Mystery Girl Carolyn Wells
  • But an Englishman is nothing if not a prevaricator; he calls it being scrupulously truthful.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself a prevaricator.

  • Mr. Rabbit, you are all these—a lazy, shiftless sneak, thief and prevaricator.'

    Mother West Wind's Children

    Thornton W. Burgess
Word Origin and History for prevaricator

c.1400, from Old French prevaricator and directly from Latin praevaricator "sham accuser; unfaithful advocate," agent noun from past participle stem of praevaricari (see prevaricate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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