equivocate
I verb avoid a straight answer, be ambiguous, be false, be unclear, be untruthful, be vague, deceive, disguise, dissemble, dissimulate, dodge, elude, evade, fence, hedge, lie, misguide, misinform, mislead, misrepresent, misstate, mystify, palter, parry, prevaricate, quibble, shift, shuffle, tergiversari, tergiversate II index bicker, doubt (hesitate), evade (deceive), lie (falsify), misrepresent, palter, prevaricate, tergiversate, vacillate

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  • Equivocate — E*quiv o*cate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Equivocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Equivocating}.] [L. aequivocatus, p. p. of aequivocari to be called by the same name, fr. L. aequivocus: cf. F. [ e]quivoquer. See {Equivocal}, a.] To use words of equivocal or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Equivocate — E*quiv o*cate, v. t. To render equivocal or ambiguous. [1913 Webster] He equivocated his vow by a mental reservation. Sir G. Buck. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • equivocate — early 15c., equivocaten, from M.L. equivocatus, pp. of equivocare to call by the same name, from L.L. aequivocus (see EQUIVOCATION (Cf. equivocation)). Related: Equivocated; equivocating …   Etymology dictionary

  • equivocate — prevaricate, *lie, palter, fib Analogous words: *deceive, mislead, delude: evade, elude, *escape …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • equivocate — [v] avoid an issue beat around the bush*, beg the question*, blow hot and cold*, cavil, cloud the issue*, con, cop a plea*, cop out*, cover up*, dodge, double talk, elude, escape, eschew, evade, falsify, fence, fib, flipflop*, fudge*, give run… …   New thesaurus

  • equivocate — ► VERB ▪ use ambiguous or evasive language. DERIVATIVES equivocation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • equivocate — [ē kwiv′ə kāt΄, ikwiv′ə kāt΄] vi. equivocated, equivocating [ME equivocaten < ML aequivocatus, pp. of aequivocari, to have the same sound < LL aequivocus, of like sound < L aequus (see EQUAL) + vox, VOICE] to use equivocal terms in order …   English World dictionary

  • equivocate — verb /ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt/ a) To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express ones opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive; to use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead; as, to equivocate is the… …   Wiktionary

  • equivocate — UK [ɪˈkwɪvəkeɪt] / US [ɪˈkwɪvəˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms equivocate : present tense I/you/we/they equivocate he/she/it equivocates present participle equivocating past tense equivocated past participle equivocated formal to avoid… …   English dictionary

  • equivocate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. hedge, dodge, prevaricate; see lie 1 . See Synonym Study at lie . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [i KWIV uh kate] to use vague or ambiguous language, usually to evade. The politician would equivocate to… …   English dictionary for students

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