[syn: apostasy, tergiversation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tergiversation \Ter`gi*ver*sa"tion\, n. [L. tergiversario: cf.
1. The act of tergiversating; a shifting; shift; subterfuge;
Writing is to be preferred before verbal
conferences, as being freer from passions and
2. Fickleness of conduct; inconstancy; change.
The colonel, after all his tergiversations, lost his
life in the king's service. --Clarendon.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: falsification by means of vague or ambiguous language [syn:
2: the act of abandoning a party for cause [syn: apostasy,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
18 Moby Thesaurus words for "tergiversation":
about-face, amphibology, apostasy, denial, desertion, disavowal,
double entendre, double meaning, equivocality, equivocation,
equivoque, falseness, forswearing, recreancy, renunciation,
repudiation, reversal, reverse