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  • The government will prevaricate until after elections.
  • The company will attempt to prevaricate until the matter was forgotten by the media and public.
  • It is a terrible thing to have a mother who prevaricates.
    Barrie, James Matthew  --  Margaret Ogilvy
  • But Clary had no time for Valentine’s prevarications.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones

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  • John has made an art out of it. He prevaricates just for...
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Don’t prevaricate, Nora.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • He then prevaricated about it—he said he hadn’t?
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • So I prevaricated and didn’t pay, seeing no end to paying if I should start.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I refused the pudding and excused myself, pleading tiredness, which was in no way prevarication.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • If you tell me any lies, or attempt to prevaricate in any way, or even fall below your usual level of intelligence, you will cry out with pain, instantly.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • "Don’t prevaricate," said Mr. Lorry.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • "Cavilling, not gravelling," said Don Quixote, "thou prevaricator of honest language, God confound thee!"
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It was evident he took me for a perfectly shameless prevaricator.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • OEDIPUS The knave methinks will still prevaricate.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Godfrey left the room, hardly knowing whether he were more relieved by the sense that the interview was ended without having made any change in his position, or more uneasy that he had entangled himself still further in prevarication and deceit.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • He was not willingly a prevaricator, and hated thoroughly to make explanations concerning it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • But to be stopped on the stairs, to be forced to listen to her trivial, irrelevant gossip, to pestering demands for payment, threats and complaints, and to rack his brains for excuses, to prevaricate, to lie—no, rather than that, he would creep down the stairs like a cat and slip out unseen.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Don’t prevaricate!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • —answer me this instant, without prevarication!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Sue had not the art of prevarication, and, after admitting several facts as to their late difficulties and wanderings, she was startled by the landlady saying suddenly: "Are you really a married woman?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • We never prevaricated before.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • He assured him that his prevaricating and lying backward and forward was a great aggravation of his guilt; for which the only atonement he could make was by confession and repentance.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • At the moment of her departure he could prevaricate no longer, and, confessing to the gambling, told her the truth as far as he knew it—that the guineas had been won by Wildeve.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The habitual frankness of Deerslayer prevented any prevarication, and the conference soon terminated by the return of the two to the outer room, or that which served for the double purpose of parlour and kitchen.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • I must prevaricate and fence them off with lies.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • We never prevaricated before.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Six long months of excuses and prevarication.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Thinking it professional to prevaricate, he murmured something about a nervous breakdown.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • ’How it is, you prevaricating little piece of goods!’ cried Fanny.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Delay, obscure, prevaricate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Henrietta had never prevaricated in her life, and, though on this occasion there might have been a fitness in doing so, she decided, after thinking some minutes, to make no superficial exception.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • The words were still on his tongue, when the bushes on the side of the thicket where they stood, opened, and the whole of the party whom he had just left, and in whose behalf he was endeavouring to reconcile his love of truth to the necessity of prevaricating, came openly into view.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • A lot of prevarications.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • By the time Linda drove me to the airport she had long since seen through my prevarications.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • One prevaricates, one makes excuses for oneself, one gets out of it the best way one can.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • There was nothing unknown or unfamiliar in the path he was presumably to tread; but when he had trodden it before it was as a free man, who was accountable to no one for his actions, and could lend himself with an amused detachment to the game of precautions and prevarications, concealments and compliances, that the part required.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • He had slightly surprised himself by the ease with which he had prevaricated; it was clear that he intended to observe the High Lama’s suggestion and keep the secret.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • To One Shortly to Die From all the rest I single out you, having a message for you, You are to die—let others tell you what they please, I cannot prevaricate, I am exact and merciless, but I love you—there is no escape for you.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • She would prevaricate, but it would be in the line of her feelings, at least.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Why should we prevaricate just at the last?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • When he started another joke I looked at John’s face and began to realize it was he who had started me telling all these prevarications.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • He prevaricates just for prevaricating’s sake.
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • Why should we prevaricate just at the last?
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • It was getting a bit late for prevarications, either to myself or anyone else.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But I lie; I prevaricate.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Down there in court, old Dewey made it sound like I was prevaricating-on account of Dick’s mother.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • How he wouldn’t prevaricate.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The prevarication and white lies which a mind that keeps itself ambitiously pure is as uneasy under as a great artist under the false touches that no eye detects but his own, are worn as lightly as mere trimmings when once the actions have become a lie.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Henrietta had never prevaricated in her life, and, though on this occasion there might have been a fitness in doing so, she decided, after thinking some minutes, to make no superficial exception.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • "Look here," intervened Conway briskly, "this sort of vagueness and prevarication won’t do.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
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