What does tergiversate mean?

Definitions for tergiversate
ˈtɜr dʒɪ vərˌseɪt, tərˈdʒɪv ər-ter·giver·sate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beat around the bush, equivocate, tergiversate, prevaricate, palterverb

    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

  2. apostatize, apostatise, tergiversateverb

    abandon one's beliefs or allegiances


  1. tergiversateverb

    To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to deliberately obfuscate.

  2. tergiversateverb

    To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.

  3. Etymology: From tergiversor; from tergum + verso, frequentive of verto.


  1. tergiversate

    Tergiversate is a verb which means to make conflicting or evasive statements, or to change one's loyalties or beliefs in a noncommittal or equivocal way. Essentially, it means to dodge or avoid giving a clear, direct answer or commitment, often by talking ambiguously or changing the subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tergiversateverb

    to shift; to practice evasion; to use subterfuges; to shuffle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tergiversate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tergiversate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • تراجعيArabic
  • vymlouvat se, přeběhnout, vytáčet, odpadnoutCzech
  • tergiversarSpanish
  • tergiversatePersian
  • takki, kääntääFinnish
  • retourner sa chemise, tergiverser, dérober, changer de campFrench
  • tergiversarPortuguese
  • уклоняться, отступаться, предавать, увиливать, увёртыватьсяRussian

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