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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːdʒɪvəseɪt/
- (US) enPR: tər-jɪv'ər-sāt, IPA(key): /tɝˈdʒɪvɝseɪt/
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- (intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to obfuscate in a deliberate manner.
1999, Philip McCutchan and Werner Levi, The Hoof, ISBN 0816600864, pages 18:
- The officials soon concluded that the easiest way to remain on good terms with the court was to elude responsibility, to tergiversate, to prevent results.
- (intransitive) To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
2002, Colin Morris and Peter Roberts, chapter 8, Pilgrimage: The English Experience from Becket to Bunyan, ISBN 0521808111, pages 221:
- Henry had hesitated before authorising the spoliation; he would soon tergiversate on other matters of doctrine but this act was irreversible.
to evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate
to change sides or affiliation; to apostatize
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