what is difference between equivocation and prevarication
- æquivocation (archaic)
c. 1380, from Old French equivocation, from Medieval Latin aequivocātiōnem, accusative singular of aequivocātiō, from aequivocō, from Late Latin aequivocus (“ambiguous, equivocal”), from Latin aequus (“equal”) + vocō (“call”);
a calque of Ancient Greek ὁμωνυμία (homōnumía).
- IPA(key): /ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃən/, /ɪˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃn̩/, /əˌkwɪvəˈkeɪʃn/
- Hyphenation: e‧quiv‧o‧ca‧tion
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
equivocation (countable and uncountable, plural equivocations)
- (logic) A logical fallacy resulting from the use of multiple meanings of a single expression.
- The use of expressions susceptible of a double signification, possibly intentionally and with the aim of misleading.
- amphiboly, evasion, evasiveness, prevarication
equivocation f (oblique plural equivocations, nominative singular equivocation, nominative plural equivocations)
- Si avoit trovee occasion de li gaber par l’equivocation de son nom
From Anglo-Norman prevaricassion, Middle French prevarication, and their source, Latin praevāricātiō (“collusion with an opponent; transgression; deceit”), from the stem of praevāricor.
- (non-merged vowel) IPA(key): /pɹɪˌvæɹɪˈkeɪʃən/
- (merged vowel) IPA(key): /pɹɪˌvæɹəˈkeɪʃən/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
prevarication (countable and uncountable, plural prevarications)
- (now rare) Deviation from what is right or correct.
- Synonyms: transgression, perversion
- Evasion of the truth.
- Synonyms: deceit, evasiveness
- A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office.
- (law, historical, Ancient Rome) The collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution.
- (law) A false or deceitful seeming to undertake a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowell to this entry?)
- Prevarication in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
prevarication f (plural prevarications)
- prevarication (deviation from what is right)
- → English: prevarication
- French: prévarication