verb (used without object), ter·gi·ver·sat·ed, ter·gi·ver·sat·ing.
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Origin of tergiversate
OTHER WORDS FROM tergiversateter·gi·ver·sa·tion, nounter·gi·ver·sa·tor, ter·gi·ver·sant [tur-ji-vur-suhnt], /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr sənt/, nounter·gi·ver·sa·to·ry [tur-ji-vur-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for tergiversate
But, amidst the tergiversation of friends, and the virulence of foes, some still maintained the cause of justice.Discipline|Mary Brunton
Saying this in a tone which admitted of no tergiversation, the Black Bear raised his knife.The Tiger-Slayer|Gustave Aimard
I am not in any way aware of having wounded my child except where your tergiversation opened her to my just reproach.Paths of Judgement|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Fancy was his tyrant, and under its rule he had no time to reason and to see the miserable aspect of his political tergiversation.
Such tergiversation in times of civil discord was nothing new.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay