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tergiversate (v.)

1650s, back-formation from tergiversation, or else from Latin tergiversatus, past participle of tergiversari "be evasive," literally "to turn one's back," from tergum "the back" (of unknown origin) + versare "to spin, turn," frequentative of vertere "to turn," from PIE root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend." Related: Tergiversated; tergiversating.

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Definitions of tergiversate from WordNet

tergiversate (v.)
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information;
Synonyms: beat around the bush / equivocate / prevaricate / palter
tergiversate (v.)
abandon one's beliefs or allegiances;
Synonyms: apostatize / apostatise
From wordnet.princeton.edu