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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of praevaricari 'to leave a straight course', from varicari 'to spread the legs apart'

prevaricate

verb
     
pre‧var‧i‧cate [intransitive and transitive] formal
to try to hide the truth by not answering questions directly:
'I'm not sure,' he prevaricated.
prevarication noun [uncountable and countable]

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