tergiversate
[ tur-ji-ver-seyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
mid 17th century; Latin; first recorded in 1645–55; from tergiversātus (past participle of tergiversārī "to turn one's back")
Synonyms
    1.
  • hedge
  • renounce
  • shift
  • desert
    2.
  • defect
  • apostatize
  • equivocate
  • break faith
  • reject
Antonyms
    1.
  • faithful
  • sure
  • devoted
    2.
  • certain
  • firm
  • convinced
  • feel strongly
Definition
1. to turn renegade
2. to repeatedly change one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.
Examples
1. A) If you tergiversate on the organization, we will have no choice but to bring charges against you. B) We all saw her tergiversate, backstabbing her sister and telling her secret.
2. A) She went on to tergiversate, denouncing her defecting to the opposing party once again. B) He will just tergiversate again if we challenge him on his views.
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