verb (used without object), pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing.
Origin of prevaricate
Synonyms for prevaricate
Related Words for prevaricativetricky, wily, sneaky, shrewd, slippery, cagey, crafty, collusive, crooked, cunning, devious, dishonest, duplicitous, elusive, evasive, fly-by-night, foxy, fraudulent, furtive, insidious
Word Origin 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.