verb (used without object), pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing.
Origin of prevaricate
Examples from the Web for prevaricate
They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.
Since I was not allowed to prevaricate, all that remained for me to do was to return no reply.Tell England|Ernest Raymond
Had he lived in our day he would have been able to prevaricate with a wider vocabulary, which makes a great difference.The Evolution of States|J. M. Robertson
But there was no reason for Jessie to prevaricate any further.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for prevaricate
Word Origin for prevaricate
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.