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  1. abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
  2. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
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How To Use tergiversate In A Sentence

  • I do not remember the date that Specter tergiversated, but, up ’til 1/19/10, Specter was the 60th vote. The Volokh Conspiracy » It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Cover-Up — Sestak Edition
  • Second, Washington tergiversated in its support to the Cedars Revolution. Counterterrorism Blog
  • In pitting against himself those who had so powerfully succoured him in his misfortune, Condé ought at least to have drawn closer to the Court and had a serious understanding with the Queen; but he tergiversated, and at the end of some months of that wavering policy, he found himself standing unmasked between the Court and the Fronde, both equally discontented with him, repeating and exaggerating the blunder committed by Mazarin. Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)
  • At Dictionary.com they went for "tergiversate" - perhaps to force people to use dictionary.com to look up what the hell the word even means. NEWS.com.au | Top Stories
  • We proposed to make it a Midshipman Easy duel, a three-cornered fight -- Brothers Homan and Benson vs. the "Apostle," but they wiggled in and they wiggled out, they temporized and tergiversated until we saw there wasn't an ounce of fight in the whole Prohibition crew -- that, after their flamboyant defi, we couldn't pull 'em into a joint debate with a span of mules and a log-cabin. The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12
  • To tergiversate is to: a. restore a piece of land from a state of despoilment. Blogposts | guardian.co.uk
  • Not really do we preserve the unexcelled prices but our turnaround tergiversate payment your Xrumer posting is wonderful fast. Your Right Hand Thief
  • But unfortunately the expulsion of James II, which he called his "abdication," compelled him to use all reserve, to shuffle and to tergiversate, in order to avoid making William out a usurper. The Social Contract
  • The testimony which stirred up the bile of the holy fathers could not but be given, unless you had been willing basely to tergiversate and to expose yourself to their taunts. The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
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