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Examples from the Web for prevarication
Mr. Converse had rather keen vision in matters of prevarication, even when the lying was done adroitly with figures.The Landloper|Holman Day
Then, as Helene accompanied her into the ante-room, she wished to apologize for her prevarication.A Love Episode|Emile Zola
Let us see whether we cannot defend him from this reproach of falsity and prevarication.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
"Auchinbreac was a soldier by trade and a good one too," answered M'Iver, at his usual trick of prevarication.John Splendid|Neil Munro
I scorn a lie—my prayer is to leave every prevarication behind.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13|Elbert Hubbard
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.