the act of prevaricating, or lying: Seeing the expression on his mother's face, Nathan realized this was no time for prevarication.
a false or deliberate misstatement; lie: Her many prevarications had apparently paid off; she was free to go. Unabridged
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prevaricate (prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt)
(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]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "divergence from a right course, transgression," from O.Fr. prevaricacion (12c.), from L. praevaricationem (nom. praevaricatio) "a stepping out of line (of duty or behavior)," from praevaricatus, pp. of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," lit. "walk crookedly," in Church L.,
"to transgress," from prae "before" + varicare "to straddle," from varicus "straddling," from varus "bowlegged, knock-kneed." Meaning "evasion, quibbling" is attested from 1650s.
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Example sentences
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.
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