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Falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language.  Synonym: equivocation.
The act of abandoning a party for cause.  Synonym: apostasy.

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"Tergiversation" Quotes from Famous Books

... time been awakened to woman's privileges in tergiversation even when it involves another person's possible blight. That Bathsheba was a firm and positive girl, far less inconsequent than her fellows, had been the very lung of his hope; for he had held that these qualities would lead her to adhere to a ...
— Far from the Madding Crowd • Thomas Hardy

... enter these shadows. They form a part of his laboratory. Philosophy is the microscope of the thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it. Tergiversation is useless. What side of oneself does one display in evasions? the shameful side. Philosophy pursues with its glance, probes the evil, and does not permit it to escape into nothingness. In the obliteration of things which disappear, in the watching of things which vanish, it ...
— Les Miserables - Complete in Five Volumes • Victor Hugo

Words linked to "Tergiversation" :   misrepresentation, falsification, equivocation, abandonment, tergiversate, forsaking, apostasy, desertion

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