View synonyms for equivocation


[ ih-kwiv-uh-key-shuhn ]


  1. the use of equivocal or ambiguous expressions, especially in order to mislead or hedge; prevarication.
  2. an equivocal, ambiguous expression; equivoque:

    The speech was marked by elaborate equivocations.

  3. Logic. a fallacy caused by the double meaning of a word.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of equivocation1

1350–1400; Middle English equivocacion < Late Latin aequivocātiōn- (stem of aequivocātiō ). See equivocate, -ion

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Example Sentences

Brian Cox plays his overbearing patriarch with booming conviction that prizes fury over equivocation.

Equivocation around mask-wearing has been one of his most notable other failures in the pandemic response.

From Vox

But diplomatic ambiguity that translates into equivocation and weakness is not helpful at all.

The equivocation leads Weisberg to shift the meaning of flexibility.

The belligerents in abortion wars disdain this search for compromise as mere equivocation, a flinching from deeper truths.

Romney was so proud of his pro-choice pedigree that he even tweaked his Senate opponent, Democrat Ted Kennedy, for equivocation.

Yeah, yeah, Chris said; or something like that—not buying my equivocation and pressing on with the subjunctive.

Sovereigns, as well as gods, have sometimes made use of equivocation.

Who would venture to assert that Paul, or that anybody, could catch the trick of equivocation in such a service?

Anywhere, everywhere, he would have spoken his convictions without concealment, without equivocation.

He is among those whose names have given rise to a word: "escobarderie" is a synonym for equivocation.

But this is no equivocation, it is evidence there, that subordinate laws exist and nothing more.


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