- to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
Origin of prevaricate
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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
- (intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
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.