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Word of the Day 03/22/19 Tergiversate

Tergiversate (verb)
tergiversate [tur-ji-ver-seyt]


verb (used without object), ter·gi·ver·sat·ed, ter·gi·ver·sat·ing.
1. to change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.
2. to turn renegade.

Related forms
ter·gi·ver·sa·tion , noun
ter·gi·ver·sa·tor , ter·gi·ver·sant [tur-ji- vur -suh  nt] /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr sənt/ , noun
ter·gi·ver·sa·to·ry [tur-ji- vur -suh -tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌtɜr dʒɪˈvɜr səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ , adjective

RELATED WORDS
shuffle, renounce, shift, equivocate, defect, apostatize, hedge

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Origin: 1645–55; < Latin tergiversātus (past participle of tergiversārī to turn one's back), equivalent to tergi- (combining form of tergum back) + versātus, past participle of versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see -ate

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