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-suh nt] /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr sənt/, nounter·gi·ver·sa·to·ry [tur-ji-vur-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
Words nearby tergiversate
Example sentences from the Web for tergiversation
Lincoln would not allow himself to be swerved from the main issue by any tergiversation or personal attacks.Abraham Lincoln|George Haven Putnam
The Will may accordingly be defeated; not, indeed, by imagined external things, but by its own apathy and tergiversation.Egotism in German Philosophy|George Santayana
What was Howe's explanation of his Lordship's tergiversation?The Tribune of Nova Scotia|W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
But, amidst the tergiversation of friends, and the virulence of foes, some still maintained the cause of justice.Discipline|Mary Brunton
His political attitude exhibited "daily tergiversation," the result of palace intrigues.The Political History of England - Vol. X.|William Hunt