equivocation

[ US /ɪkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən/ ]
[ UK /ɪkwˌɪvəkˈe‍ɪʃən/ ]
NOUN
  1. falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language
  2. a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
  3. intentionally vague or ambiguous
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How To Use equivocation In A Sentence

  • The fallacies noted throughout are the standard ones discussed in Aristotle's De Sophisticis Elenchis: the fallacy of equivocation; the fallacy of accident; the fallacy of the composite and divided senses; the fallacy of the consequent; the fallacy of absolute and qualified senses; the fallacy of many causes of truth; amphiboly; improper supposition. Richard the Sophister
  • Other common strategies used to save face for others include the use of circumlocution and equivocation when criticism of another's performance is unavoidable.
  • This artifice is called equivocation or amphibology; it consists in the use of words that have a natural double meaning; it supposes in him who resorts to it the right to conceal the truth, a right superior to that of the tormentor who questions him. Explanation of Catholic Morals A Concise, Reasoned, and Popular Exposition of Catholic Morals
  • The 'story', if it can be called that, opens in mystery and proceeds through ambiguity, equivocation, and vagueness.
  • While compassion makes us feel the richer for our magnanimity, justice stirs up far more complex emotions of self-justification and equivocation.
  • So much so, that there will be no equivocations or amphibolies, and everything which will be said intelligibly in that language will be said with propriety.
  • While everyone was scurrying around trying to figure out how to embrace Matt Dillon's overlong, otherwise decent directing debut, there was no need for equivocation about Washington's work.
  • As someone who's been struggling with NOT getting things done for over forty years, I can say without equivocation that Allen's methods really do work.
  • This arrangement provides an account of synonymy (both interlinguistic and intralinguistic) and equivocation in spoken and written language. William of Ockham
  • However, I can tell you without equivocation that my favorite sidearm is a Kimber Custom II. 45ACP. favorite gun
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