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tergiversation (n.)

turning dishonestly from a straightforward action or statement; shifting, shuffling, equivocation, 1560s, from Latin tergiversationem (nominative tergiversatio) "a shifting, evasion, declining, refusing," noun of action from past-participle stem of tergiversari "turn one's back on, evade," from tergum "the back" (a word of unknown origin) + versare "to spin, turn," frequentative of vertere "to turn" (from PIE root *wer- (2) "to turn, bend").

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Definitions of tergiversation from WordNet

tergiversation (n.)
falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language;
Synonyms: equivocation
tergiversation (n.)
the act of abandoning a party for cause;
Synonyms: apostasy
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