prevarication

[ pri-var-i-key-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF prevarication

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Calendar, he believed, was capable of prevarication, polite and impolite.

There was no prevarication or difficulty with the only witness examined.

He had so ingenious a manner of prevarication that he actually believed his own tales.

I scorn a lie—my prayer is to leave every prevarication behind.

Mind, I must have truthful and straightforward answers—no prevarication.'

His arm tightened over her hand, but he made no attempt at prevarication.

I never knew another man so fertile in the art of prevarication.

Mrs. Danner, filled with consternation, sought refuge in prevarication.

The question was too precisely put to allow of any prevarication.

They can perform prodigies of prevarication and get away with them.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "divergence from a right course, transgression," from Old French prevaricacion "breaking of God's laws, disobedience (to the Faith)" (12c., Modern French prévarication) and directly from Latin praevaricationem (nominative praevaricatio) "duplicity, collusion, a stepping out of line (of duty or behavior)," noun of action from past participle stem of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," literally "walk crookedly," in Church Latin, "to transgress," from prae "before" (see pre-) + varicare "to straddle," from varicus "straddling," from varus "bowlegged, knock-kneed" (see varus). Meaning "evasion, quibbling" is attested from 1650s.

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