equivocation

[ ih-kwiv-uh-key-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF equivocation
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"I go for stoppum Hicks' ranch," said Good Indian, without any attempt at equivocation.

Would she be sure to recognize any equivocation, and be angrier at that?

Had you equivocated in the slightest degree, I should have punished you for the equivocation.

But Peter had reached a point where he was tired of equivocation.

There must be no mistake about it; no room for doubt or equivocation, you know.

"Equivocation will not serve you in this case, sir," said the queen, with an austere dignity.

He forgot the decree of the king; her equivocation; the unanswered question.

All who are governed by any species of fear are disposed to equivocation.

Weale is the uncompromising enemy of all sham and equivocation.

Nor with reference to Divine Truth can equivocation be used.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "the fallacy of using a word in different senses at different stages of the reasoning" (a loan-translation of Greek homonymia, literally "having the same name"), from Old French equivocation, from Late Latin aequivocationem (nominative aequivocatio), from aequivocus "of identical sound," past participle of aequivocare, from aequus "equal" (see equal (adj.)) + vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)).

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