prevaricate
[ pri-var-i-keyt ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Mid 16th century; Latin from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’
Synonyms
  • cavil
  • con
  • distort
  • dodge
  • evade
  • exaggerate
  • fabricate
  • falsify
  • fib
  • hedge
  • lie
  • invent
  • misrepresent
Antonyms
  • be honest
  • confront
  • face
  • meet
  • order
  • tell truth
Definition
speak or act in an evasive way
Example
The actor seemed to prevaricate when the interviewer asked him about his trouble with the law.
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