To temporize would be to yield, and the authority of the mother country, if now unsupported, would be relinquished forever.
It is hard to temporize when confronted with a businesslike silence.
Courtiers are made of chameleons, because they are inconstant and know how to temporize.
She tried to temporize, but the more she eluded him the more insistent he became.
He was just, but weak; and endeavoured to temporize with the Guelphs.
Thus Blake tried to temporize, so that he might think what was best to do.
She read it in silence, and then she seemed to temporize in asking, "Where are her two letters?"
They might temporize with their own consciences, but not with public opinion.
He was compelled, therefore, to temporize while making the most earnest appeals for a more liberal supply of troops.
In the case that thus was presented there was no opportunity to temporize.
1550s (implied in temporizer), from Middle French temporiser "to pass one's time, wait one's time" (14c.), from Medieval Latin temporizare "pass time," perhaps via Vulgar Latin *temporare "to delay," from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Related: Temporized; temporizing.