tergiversation

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From Latin tergiversātiō.

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tergiversation (plural tergiversations)

  1. The act of abandoning something or someone, of changing sides; desertion; betrayal.
    • 1985, John Fowles, A Maggot:
      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.
  2. The act of evading any clear course of action or speech, of being deliberately ambiguous; equivocation; fickleness.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tergiversātiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɛʀ.ʒi.vɛʁ.sa.sjɔ̃/

Noun[edit]

tergiversation f (plural tergiversations)

  1. Delays in providing a clear answer caused by hesitations or an outright unwillingness to be forthright.

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