beat around the bush, equivocate, tergiversate, prevaricate, palter(verb)
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity.
All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate. -Edward Stillingfleet.
To render equivocal or ambiguous.
He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. -George Buck.
Origin: From aequivocatus, perfect passive participle of aequivoco, from aequivocus: confer équivoquer. See equivocal.
to use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the work of duplicity
to render equivocal or ambiguous
The numerical value of equivocate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of equivocate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am in earnest--I will not equivocate--I will not excuse--I will not retreat a single inch--and I will be heard.
I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.
There are folks who will equivocate. They’ll say, 'You know, I’m not a scientist.' Well, I’m not either. But the best scientists in the world know that climate change is happening.
On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No No Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest I will not equivocate I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard.
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