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prevarication

[pri-var-i-key-shuh n] /prɪˌvær ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of prevaricating, or lying:
Seeing the expression on his mother's face, Nathan realized this was no time for prevarication.
2.
a false or deliberate misstatement; lie:
Her many prevarications had apparently paid off; she was free to go.
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Examples from the web for prevarication
  • The judge will likely scrutinize her testimony closely for any signs of prior duress or, alternatively, prevarication.
  • But this truce was followed by more parliamentary squabbling and prevarication.
  • His press conference in the spring featured more prevarication than it did truth telling.
  • He is a reluctant performer in public and cautious to the point of prevarication in private.
  • To even use those terms is to engage in prevarication.
  • The second term will provide fewer opportunities for prevarication and more for making enemies.
  • prevarication as a charge for a judge, is to do something deliberately knowing that you are doing something wrong.
  • It is not necessarily contradictory or even inconsistent and does not necessarily suggest prevarication.
  • It seems likely that this discrepancy of a week was a reasonable mistake and not an intentional prevarication.
  • Five years of experience providing art prevarication, layout and editing.
Word Origin and History for prevarication
n.

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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