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prevaricator

[pri-var-i-key-ter]
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noun
  1. a person who speaks falsely; liar.
  2. a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.
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Origin of prevaricator

1535–45; < Latin praevāricātor; see prevaricate, -tor
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Examples from the Web for prevaricator

Historical Examples

  • You are a prevaricator, for you tell things which are not so.

    Mother West Wind's Children

    Thornton W. Burgess

  • I'm not after sayin' me father was a prevaricator—no, indeed!

  • She was not alone a dunce when it came to acting, she was a prevaricator as well.

  • "Hampton's a prevaricator," he said gravely, as he looked down into the merry blue eyes turned up to him.

  • He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser


Word Origin and History for prevaricator

n.

c.1400, from Old French prevaricator and directly from Latin praevaricator "sham accuser; unfaithful advocate," agent noun from past participle stem of praevaricari (see prevaricate).

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