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Equivocate   Listen
verb
Equivocate  v. i.  (past & past part. equivocated; pres. part. equivocating)  To use words of equivocal or doubtful signification; to express one's 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 work of duplicity. "All that Garnet had to say for him was that he supposed he meant to equivocate."
Synonyms: To prevaricate; evade; shuffle; quibble. See Prevaricate.






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"Equivocate" Quotes from Famous Books



... tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen—but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HEARD." Martin Luther's "Here I take my stand," was not braver or grander than the "I will be heard," of the American reformer. It did not seem possible that a young man, without influence, ...
— William Lloyd Garrison - The Abolitionist • Archibald H. Grimke

... detested name, Renaldo's heart began to throb with indignation; yet he suppressed the emotion, and desired to know the meaning of that splendid encomium which he had bestowed upon his confederate. "It would be quite unnecessary," replied Ratchcali, "for a man in my present situation to equivocate or disguise the truth. The nature of my disgrace is perfectly well known. I am condemned to hard labour for life; and unless some lucky accident, which I cannot now foresee, shall intervene, all I can expect is some alleviation ...
— The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete • Tobias Smollett

... "Don't equivocate, man!" Superintendent Galloway produced the pocket-book Colwyn had recovered from the pit, and held it at arm's length in front of the innkeeper. "I mean the L300 in Treasury notes in this pocket-book, which Mr. Glenthorpe drew from the bank, and which you took from ...
— The Shrieking Pit • Arthur J. Rees

... duty as well as of honour, and he would not equivocate to his mother. "I do care very much for Sibylla West," he said in a low tone; "and, please God, I hope she will sometime be my wife. But, mother, this confidence is entirely between ourselves. I beg you not to speak of it; it must not be suffered ...
— Verner's Pride • Mrs. Henry Wood



Words linked to "Equivocate" :   equivocator, prevaricate, mislead, tergiversate, beat around the bush, equivocation, misinform, palter



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