Americans oscillate in their opinions of women involved in affairs, seeing them either as villains or victims.
1726, back-formation from oscillation, or else from Latin oscillatus, past participle of oscillare (see oscillation). From 1917 in electronics. Related: Oscillated; oscillating.
oscillate os·cil·late (ŏs'ə-lāt')v. os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing, os·cil·lates
To swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm.
To vary between alternate extremes, usually within a definable period of time.