tergiversation

1. evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement; equivocation 2. desertion of a cause, position, party, or faith


Another word from Jose Saramago’s book Seeing: “the fugitive leaders, or deserters, whom we should, in more elevated language, describe as tergiversators, were still opening and closing the last cupboards and drawers, sadly gathering up a final few mementos.” And there are plenty more where that one came from.

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2 Responses to tergiversation

  1. tammy says:

    hi karl!
    did you have to sit with a giant dictionary to navigate this book? or do you know all these words, and are just sharing them with us? egads!!

  2. Well, there were a few that I had to look up because, while I had seen them before, I couldn’t remember their meanings, and then there were a few, like this one, that I had never seen before in my life. I usually dog-ear a page if I need to return to it to look up a word or want to use a word for the web site.

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