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tergiversate

[ tur-ji-ver-seyt ]
/ 藞t蓽r d蕭瑟 v蓹r藢se瑟t /
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Definition of tergiversate

verb (used without object), ter路gi路ver路sat路ed, ter路gi路ver路sat路ing.
to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
to turn renegade.
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Origin of tergiversate

First recorded in 1645鈥55; from Latin tergivers膩tus (past participle of tergivers膩r墨 鈥渢o turn one's back鈥), equivalent to tergi- (combining form of tergum 鈥渂ack鈥) + vers膩tus, past participle of vers膩re, frequentative formed from versus, past participle of vertere 鈥渢o turn鈥; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM tergiversate

ter路gi路ver路sa路tion, nounter路gi路ver路sa路tor, ter路gi路ver路sant [tur-ji-vur-suhnt], /藢t蓽r d蕭瑟藞v蓽r s蓹nt/, nounter路gi路ver路sa路to路ry [tur-ji-vur-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /藢t蓽r d蕭瑟藞v蓽r s蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjective

Words nearby tergiversate

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British Dictionary definitions for tergiversate

tergiversate
/ (藞t蓽藧d蕭瑟v蓹藢se瑟t) /

verb (intr)
to change sides or loyalties; apostatize
to be evasive or ambiguous; equivocate

Derived forms of tergiversate

tergiversation, nountergiversator or tergiversant (藞t蓽藧d蕭瑟藢v蓽藧snt), nountergiversatory, adjective

Word Origin for tergiversate

C17: from Latin tergivers膩r墨 to turn one's back, from tergum back + vertere to turn
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