Definition of tergiversate in English:



  • 1Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate.

    ‘the more she tergiversated, the greater grew the ardency of the reporters for an interview’
    • ‘The thought of tergiversating crossed his mind several times but like a true soldier he continued with the War, against the enemy and against himself.’
    prevaricate, be evasive, be non-committal, be vague, be ambiguous, dodge the issue, evade the issue, beat about the bush, hedge, hedge one's bets, fudge the issue
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  • 2Change one's loyalties; be apostate.

    desert, go over to the enemy, change allegiances, change loyalties, change sides, turn traitor, rebel, renege, abscond, go awol, quit, escape
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Mid 17th century: from Latin tergiversat- with one's back turned from the verb tergiversari, from tergum back + vertere to turn.