My hesitation and prevarication had apparently not inspired my interlocutor with confidence in me.
Calendar, he believed, was capable of prevarication, polite and impolite.
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.
Mind, I must have truthful and straightforward answers—no prevarication.'
He was getting deeper and deeper into the mire of deceit and prevarication, and there seemed to be no escape.
Mrs. Danner, filled with consternation, sought refuge in prevarication.
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.
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.