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What was Howe's explanation of his Lordship's tergiversation?

I must tell you, however, in confidence, I suspect Tabby of tergiversation.

But, as Philo says, there is little chance of tergiversation.

But their tergiversation had cost them a thousand dollars a-piece.

"I will have no tergiversation," replied Bonaparte with warmth.

Some would talk of conversion, some of tergiversation; he could not make up his mind which accusation would be the more odious.

Saying this in a tone which admitted of no tergiversation, the Black Bear raised his knife.

But, amidst the tergiversation of friends, and the virulence of foes, some still maintained the cause of justice.

In his account to the Pope of this meeting, Becket suppresses his own tergiversation on this point.

There is no reason to suspect him of hypocritical compliances or tergiversation.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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