1. pre- "before" + varic- "straddle" + -ation.
2. => literally "walk crookedly", hence "deviate".
3. This developed in English to 'deviate from straightforward behaviour', hence 'be evasive, equivocate'.
- prevarication (n.)
- late 14c., "divergence from a right course, transgression," from Old French prevaricacion "breaking of God's laws, disobedience (to the Faith)" (12c., Modern French prévarication) and directly from Latin praevaricationem (nominative praevaricatio) "duplicity, collusion, a stepping out of line (of duty or behavior)," noun of action from past participle stem of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," literally "walk crookedly," in Church Latin, "to transgress," from prae "before" (see pre-) + varicare "to straddle," from varicus "straddling," from varus "bowlegged, knock-kneed" (see varus). Meaning "evasion, quibbling" is attested from 1650s.
- 1. The longer negotiations drag on, the greater the risk of permanent prevarication.
- 谈判拖延的时间越久, 长期推诿责任的可能性就越大.
- 2. The result can be a lot of needless prevarication.
- 3. Prevarication must not be the name of the game.
- 4. Each step in the euro's defence, however, had been preceded by prevarication and followed by recriminations.
- 然而, 欧洲在每次出台捍卫欧元的举措之前, 都先是推诿,随后又进行指责.
- 5. All my attempts to question the authorities on the subject were met by evasion and prevarication.
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