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prevaricate

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Definition be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
  • The government will prevaricate until after elections.
prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
  • 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
  • prevarications = ambiguities used to mislead or withhold information
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • John has made an art out of it. He prevaricates just for...
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • prevaricates = is deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  • He then prevaricated about it—he said he hadn't?
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • prevaricated = lied (did not tell the truth)
  • Don't prevaricate, Nora.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
  • Six long months of excuses and prevarication.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • One prevaricates, one makes excuses for oneself, one gets out of it the best way one can.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Thinking it professional to prevaricate, he murmured something about a nervous breakdown.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "Don't prevaricate," said Mr. Lorry.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • OEDIPUS The knave methinks will still prevaricate.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • So I prevaricated and didn't pay, seeing no end to paying if I should start.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "Cavilling, not gravelling," said Don Quixote, "thou prevaricator of honest language, God confound thee!"
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • We never prevaricated before.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Delay, obscure, prevaricate.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • —answer me this instant, without prevarication!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 'How it is, you prevaricating little piece of goods!' cried Fanny.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • 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
  • I must prevaricate and fence them off with lies.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves

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