prevaricate

 /prɪˈværɪkeɪt/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
pre•var•i•cate /prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation  v. [no object]-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

    to speak falsely; deliberately misstate;
    lie.
pre•var•i•ca•tion /prɪˌværɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]a master of prevarication.[countable]spreading prevarications about his opponent.
pre•var•i•ca•tor, n. [countable]


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prevaricate /prɪˈværɪˌkeɪt/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to speak or act falsely or evasively with intent to deceive
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin praevāricārī to walk crookedly, from prae beyond + vāricare to straddle the legs; compare Latin vārus bent

preˌvariˈcation n preˈvariˌcator n



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