tergiversator

tergiversate

[tur-ji-ver-seyt]
verb (used without object), tergiversated, tergiversating.
1.
to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2.
to turn renegade.

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin tergiversātus (past participle of tergiversārī to turn one's back), equivalent to tergi- (combining form of tergum back) + versātus, past participle of versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see -ate1

tergiversation, noun
tergiversator, tergiversant [tur-ji-vur-suhnt] , noun
tergiversatory [tur-ji-vur-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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tergiversate (ˈtɜːdʒɪvəˌseɪt)
 
vb
1.  to change sides or loyalties; apostatize
2.  to be evasive or ambiguous; equivocate
 
[C17: from Latin tergiversārī to turn one's back, from tergum back + vertere to turn]
 
tergiver'sation
 
n
 
'tergiversator
 
n
 
tergiversant
 
n
 
tergi'versatory
 
adj

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