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prevaricate (verb) hide truth

When you prevaricate you hide the truth by not giving direct answer to a question. You prevaricate if you are evasive; that is, if you avoid giving a direct answer to a question.

  • When asked if he had seen the murder, he prevaricated that he was not sure. He thus avoided giving a direct answer to the attorney’s question.
  • His statement is full of lies and prevarications. It is clear that he was trying to hide the truth, by being evasive.
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