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Verb: prevaricate  pri'ver-u,keyt [N. Amer], pri'va-ru,keyt [Brit]
  1. Be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    "All governments have to prevaricate, and even when they don't have to, being human, they do";
    - beat around the bush, equivocate, tergiversate, palter, beat about the bush, weasel

Derived forms: prevaricated, prevaricates, prevaricating

Type of: disinform, misinform, mislead

Encyclopedia: Prevaricate