verb (used without object), ter·gi·ver·sat·ed, ter·gi·ver·sat·ing.
Origin of tergiversate
Examples 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
Word Origin for tergiversate
turning dishonestly from a straightforward action or statement; shifting, shuffling, equivocation, 1560s, from Latin tergiversationem (nominative tergiversatio) "a shifting, evasion," from past participle stem of tergiversari "turn one's back on, evade," from tergum "the back" (of unknown origin) + versare "to spin, turn" (see versus).
1650s, from Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari "be evasive," literally "to turn one's back" (see tergiversation). Related: Tergiversated; tergiversating.