1 falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language [syn: equivocation]
2 the act of abandoning a party or cause [syn: apostasy]
EtymologyFrom Latin tergiversari.
- the act of turning one's back; abandoning something or someone;
- 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
- the act of turning from a clear course of action; equivocation; fickleness