equivocate vs tergiversate what difference

what is difference between equivocate and tergiversate

English

Alternative forms

  • æquivocate (archaic)

Etymology

From Medieval Latin aequivocātus, perfect passive participle of aequivocō (I am called by the same name), from Late Latin aequivocus (ambiguous, equivocal): compare French équivoquer. See equivocal.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/

Verb

equivocate (third-person singular simple present equivocates, present participle equivocating, simple past and past participle equivocated)

  1. (intransitive) To speak using double meaning; to speak ambiguously, unclearly or doubtfully, with intent to deceive
    • 1687, Edward Stillingfleet, The Unreasonableness of Separation: Or, An Impartial Account of the History, Nature and Pleas of the Present Separation from the Communion of the Church of England
  2. (transitive) To render equivocal or ambiguous.

Synonyms

  • (speak ambiguously): prevaricate, evade, shuffle, quibble, adumbrate

Translations

See also

  • prevaricate

Further reading

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “equivocate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • equivocate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Italian

Verb

equivocate

  1. inflection of equivocare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of equivocato


English

Etymology

From Latin tergiversor (turn one’s back, make excuses); from tergum (the back) + versō, frequentative of vertō (turn).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːdʒɪvəseɪt/
  • (US) enPR: tər-jɪv’ər-sāt, IPA(key): /tɝˈdʒɪvɝseɪt/

Verb

tergiversate (third-person singular simple present tergiversates, present participle tergiversating, simple past and past participle tergiversated)

  1. (intransitive) To evade, to equivocate using subterfuge; to obfuscate in a deliberate manner.
  2. (intransitive) To change sides or affiliation; to apostatize.
  3. (intransitive, rare) To flee by turning one’s back.

Synonyms

  • (to evade, obfuscate): prevaricate, beat around the bush
  • (to change sides): desert

Derived terms

  • tergiversation

Translations


Italian

Verb

tergiversate

  1. inflection of tergiversare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of tergiversato

Anagrams

  • gravitereste

Latin

Participle

tergiversāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of tergiversātus

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