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  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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  • 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


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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