verb (used without object), pre·var·i·cat·ed, pre·var·i·cat·ing.
- prevailing wind,
Origin of prevaricate
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.