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1 falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language [syn: equivocation]
2 the act of abandoning a party or cause [syn: apostasy]

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From Latin tergiversari.


  • /tɜ:ʤɪvə'seɪʃən/


  1. the act of turning one's back; abandoning something or someone; betrayal
    • 1985: They make their outward impudence their mask, as foxes, the better we may not see where they truly tend, nor their true black tergiversation beneath. — John Fowles, A Maggot
  2. the act of turning from a clear course of action; equivocation; fickleness

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