[ pri-var-i-keyt ]
/ prɪˈvær ɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used without object),pre·var·i·cat·ed,pre·var·i·cat·ing.
to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
Words nearby prevaricate
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Origin of prevaricate
1575–85; < Latinpraevāricātus, past participle of praevāricārī to straddle something, (of an advocate) collude with an opponent's advocate, equivalent to prae-pre- + vāricāre to straddle, derivative of vārus bent outwards, bow-legged
OTHER WORDS FROM prevaricatepre·var·i·ca·tion, nounpre·var·i·ca·tive, pre·var·i·ca·to·ry[pri-var-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]/prɪˈvær ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·pre·var·i·cat·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for prevaricate
They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.
Florida’s Midterm Warm Up|Ben Jacobs|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since I was not allowed to prevaricate, all that remained for me to do was to return no reply.
Tell England|Ernest Raymond
Had he lived in our day he would have been able to prevaricate with a wider vocabulary, which makes a great difference.
The Evolution of States|J. M. Robertson
But there was no reason for Jessie to prevaricate any further.
The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
Occasionally some child of sin would endeavour to prevaricate.
Flaming June|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They dont have to tell the truth all the time, but on the contrary, are privileged to prevaricate in the most artistic manner.
Nothing But the Truth|Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for prevaricate
(intr)to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
Derived forms of prevaricateprevarication, nounprevaricator, noun
Word Origin for prevaricate
C16: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent
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Words related to prevaricate
cavil, shuffle, invent, misrepresent, lie, equivocate, fib, falsify, garble, dodge, tergiversate, distort, palter, hedge, exaggerate, fabricate, shift, evade, belie, quibble
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