prevaricate (prevaricates, present participle prevaricating; past and past participle prevaricated)
- (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To deviate, transgress; to go astray (from).
- (intransitive) To shift or turn from direct speech or behaviour; to evade the truth; to waffle or be (intentionally) ambiguous.
- The people saw the politician prevaricate every day.
- (intransitive, legal) To collude, as where an informer colludes with the defendant, and makes a sham prosecution.
- (legal, UK) To undertake something falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
- French: éluder, se dérober, être/rester évasif
- German: ausweichen, Ausflüchte machen
- Italian: prevaricare
- Russian: уви́ливать
- French: prévariquer