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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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  • My hesitation and prevarication had apparently not inspired my interlocutor with confidence in me.

    Miss Mehetabel's Son Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • Calendar, he believed, was capable of prevarication, polite and impolite.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • He charged the Adjutant-General Reiffenstein with gross prevarication.

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

  • I allow nothing for prevarication, and I spare no sin or weakness, however plausible may be the excuse which the sinner offers.

    Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 2 of 3) Frederick William Robinson
  • Mind, I must have truthful and straightforward answers—no prevarication.'

    Aunt Mary Mrs. Perring
  • He was getting deeper and deeper into the mire of deceit and prevarication, and there seemed to be no escape.

    Square Deal Sanderson Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Mrs. Danner, filled with consternation, sought refuge in prevarication.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • I am ashamed of the prevarication; his heart certainly was broken, but his own hand assisted the slower operations of nature.

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

    The Clique of Gold Emile Gaboriau
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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