[ pri-var-i-key-ter ]
/ prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪ tər /


a person who speaks falsely; liar.
a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator.

Nearby words

  1. prevalence,
  2. prevalent,
  3. prevalently,
  4. prevaricate,
  5. prevarication,
  6. prevenance,
  7. prevenience,
  8. prevenient,
  9. prevenient grace,
  10. preveniently

Origin of prevaricator

1535–45; < Latin praevāricātor; see prevaricate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper