prevaricate

[pri-var-i-keyt]
verb (used without object), prevaricated, prevaricating.
to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin praevāricātus, past participle of praevāricārī to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate, equivalent to prae- pre- + vāricāre to straddle, derivative of vārus bent outwards, bow-legged

prevarication, noun
prevaricative, prevaricatory [pri-var-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
unprevaricating, adjective


evade, shift.
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prevaricate (prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
 
[C16: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent]
 
prevari'cation
 
n
 
pre'varicator
 
n

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prevaricate
1580s, "to transgress," from L. praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," lit. "walk crookedly;" in Church L., "to transgress" (see prevarication). Meaning "to speak evasively" is from 1630s.
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But with the ceasefire long forgotten, the regional powers have been prevaricating.
The government began prevaricating on audit findings on its rural employment flagship.
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