Prevaricated
Prevaricate Pre*var"i*cate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Prevaricated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prevaricating}.] [L. praevaricatus, p. p. of praevaricari to walk crookedly, to collude; prae before + varicare to straddle, fr. varicus straddling, varus bent. See {Varicose}.] 1. To shift or turn from one side to the other, from the direct course, or from truth; to speak with equivocation; to shuffle; to quibble; as, he prevaricates in his statement. [1913 Webster]

He prevaricates with his own understanding. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. (Civil Law) To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eng. Law) To undertake a thing falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To evade; equivocate; quibble; shuffle.

Usage: {Prevaricate}, {Evade}, {Equivocate}. One who evades a question ostensibly answers it, but really turns aside to some other point. He who equivocate uses words which have a double meaning, so that in one sense he can claim to have said the truth, though he does in fact deceive, and intends to do it. He who prevaricates talks all round the question, hoping to ``dodge'' it, and disclose nothing. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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