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Synonyms for tergiversate

to use evasive or deliberately vague language

to abandon one's cause or party usually to join another

Synonyms for tergiversate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

abandon one's beliefs or allegiances

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At such moments the tergiversating rhetoric of Stevens's apocalyptic mode places considerable strain on the reader--a strain that the author himself will at times appear to be guilelessly unaware, for instance in a pronouncement like "My purpose is to explore as fully as possible the forces operating in ["Credences of Summer"] that have generated both the ironist and idealist readings and a few others as well" (104).
roiling, tergiversating norms that a framework is supposed to hold at
58-60) when he decides to invade that country, suddenly persuaded by the tergiversating Count of Artois that he now has a valid claim to the French throne (1.
He wrote to Glover in May 1933 that he mistrusted Curnow, that 'loose-thinking tergiversating snooping sex-mad bastard with his bloodshot ego-centric eye on the editorial chair which he couldn't fill & won't if I print Phoenia'.
Mabbott too became one of the many who came to speak of her as domineering, tergiversating, mendacious, meddlesome, insincere, hypocritical, self-seeking, and profoundly untrustworthy.