tergiversation

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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  • 4 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… …

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  • 5 tergiversation — *ambiguity, equivocation, double entendre …

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  • 6 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… …

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  • 7 TERGIVERSATION — s. f. Action de tergiverser. User de tergiversation …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 8 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)

  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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

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

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  • 12 tergiversation — See tergiversate. * * * …

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  • 13 tergiversation — Synonyms and related words: about face, amphibology, apostasy, denial, desertion, disavowal, double entendre, double meaning, equivocality, equivocation, equivoque, falseness, forswearing, recreancy, renunciation, repudiation, reversal, reverse …

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  • 14 Tergiversation — Det at trække i langdrag, være henholdende …

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  • 15 tergiversation — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun l.An instance of defecting from or abandoning a cause: apostasy, defection, recreance, recreancy. See APPROACH, TRUST. 2. The use or an instance of equivocal language: ambiguity, equivocation, equivoque, euphemism,… …

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  • 16 Tergiversation — Ter|gi|ver|sa|ti|on [...v...] die; , en <aus gleichbed. lat. tergiversatio zu tergiversari, vgl. ↑tergiversieren> (veraltet) Ausflucht, Weigerung …

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  • 17 tergiversation — n. frequent change of opinion; desertion, evacuation, abandonmentter·gi·ver·sa·tion || ‚tÉœrdʒɪvÉœr seɪʃn /‚tɜːdʒɪvɜː …

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  • 18 tergiversation — n. 1. Evasion, shift, subterfuge, shifting. 2. Vacillation, veering, fickleness, instability, inconstancy, change of mind …

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  • 19 tergiversation — ter·gi·ver·sa·tion …

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  • 20 tergiversation —   n. act or state of being apostate or renegade; equivocation.    ♦ tergiversator, n.    ♦ tergiversatory, a …

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