Tergiversation
Tergiversation Ter`gi*ver*sa"tion, n. [L. tergiversario: cf. F. tergiversation.] 1. The act of tergiversating; a shifting; shift; subterfuge; evasion. [1913 Webster]

Writing is to be preferred before verbal conferences, as being freer from passions and tergiversations. --Abp. Bramhall. [1913 Webster]

2. Fickleness of conduct; inconstancy; change. [1913 Webster]

The colonel, after all his tergiversations, lost his life in the king's service. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]


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  • tergiversation — [ tɛrʒivɛrsasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1300; lat. tergiversatio ♦ Le fait de tergiverser; attitude, conduite de qqn qui tergiverse. ⇒ atermoiement, faux fuyant, hésitation. Assez de tergiversations ! ● tergiversation nom féminin (latin tergiversatio) Action… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • tergiversation — index breach, evasion, reversal, revolt, sedition Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tergiversation — (n.) turning dishonestly from a straightforward action or statement; shifting, shuffling, equivocation, 1570, from L. tergiversationem (nom. tergiversatio) a shifting, evasion, from pp. stem of tergiversari turn one s back on, evade, from tergum… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tergiversation — *ambiguity, equivocation, double entendre …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Tergiversation — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Tergiversation >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 change of mind change of mind change of intention change of purpose Sgm: N 1 afterthought afterthought GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 tergiversation tergiversation recantation Sgm: N 2… …   English dictionary for students

  • TERGIVERSATION — s. f. Action de tergiverser. User de tergiversation …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • TERGIVERSATION — n. f. Action de tergiverser. User de tergiversation. Il fatigue tout le monde avec ses tergiversations …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • tergiversation — noun /tɜːʤɪvəˈseɪʃən/ a) The act of turning ones back; abandoning something or someone; betrayal. , 1985: They make their outward impudence their mask, as foxes, the better we may not see where they truly tend, nor their true black tergiversation …   Wiktionary

  • tergiversation — (tèr ji vèr sa sion ; en vers, de six syllabes) s. f. Action de tergiverser. •   Les chambres assemblées au parlement après beaucoup de tergiversations, GUI PATIN Nouv. lett. t. I, p. 331, dans POUGENS. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Toute… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tergiversation — noun Date: 1570 1. evasion of straightforward action or clear cut statement ; equivocation 2. desertion of a cause, position, party, or faith …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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