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Palter   Listen
verb
Palter  v. i.  (past & past part. paltered; pres. part. paltering)  
1.
To haggle. (Obs.)
2.
To act in insincere or deceitful manner; to play false; to equivocate; to shift; to dodge; to trifle. "Romans, that have spoke the word, And will not palter." "Who never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with eternal God for power."
3.
To babble; to chatter. (Obs.)






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"Palter" Quotes from Famous Books



... the private honour of a man so corrupt in public life as Mr. Wharton. A man who sells his conscience for his interest will sell it for his pleasure. A man who will betray his country will betray his friend. It is in vain to palter with our conscience: there are not two honours—two honesties. How I rejoice at this moment, in the reflection that your character, as a public man, is yet untarnished You have still this great advantage:—feel its value. Return, and distinguish yourself among ...
— Tales and Novels, Vol. V - Tales of a Fashionable Life • Maria Edgeworth

... Who dares to say that I palter? I have never paltered. Paltering is—lying, as I take it. Let the Countess be my enemy. I have not said that she should not be so. She might have answered my letter, I think, when the old man died. In our rank of life we should have done so. It may be different with lords ...
— Lady Anna • Anthony Trollope

... are afraid to shelter me—afraid. And so you thrust me forth, to starve and freeze. Soon said. Why palter o'er these mean excuses, Which tempt me to ...
— The Saint's Tragedy • Charles Kingsley



Words linked to "Palter" :   equivocate, tergiversate, beat around the bush



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