picture for PrevaricationThe word Prevarication is a noun. It is a conscious act of evading or deviating from the truth, in other words lying.
The first known use of the word ‘prevarication’ dates back to 1631 and has been derived from the Greek word praevaricatus.

Pronunciation: prih-var-i-key-shuhn

Meanings of Prevarication

1. Intentionally vague or ambiguous.
2. The avoidance of telling the truth or of saying exactly what one really thinks.
3. A statement which deviates from or perverts the truth.

Master’s Tip to Learn Prevarication

The word ‘Prevarication’ sounds like ‘pre + verification’. Now anything that has been said before verification can be a lie hence the word Prevarication which means the act of lying.

Sentence examples for Prevarication:

1. Seeing the expression on his mother’s face, William realized that this was no time for prevarication.
2. Her many prevarications had apparently paid off; she was free to go.
3. Having been caught before in the act many times, his parents suspect his account of events be a prevarication.