equivocation [ih-kwiv-uh-key-shuhn] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Definition:||avoidance of an issue|
|Synonyms:||ambiguity, amphibology, casuistry, coloring, con, cop out, cover, cover-up, deceit, deception, deceptiveness, delusion, dissimulation, distortion, double entendre, double meaning, double talk, doubtfulness, duplicity, equivocality, evasion, fallacy, fib, fibbing, hedging, lie, line*, lying, misrepresentation, prevarication, quibbling routine, run-around, shuffling, song and dance, song*, sophistry, speciousness, spuriousness, stall, stonewall, tergiversation, waffle|
|Antonyms:||directness, facing, meeting|
|Category:||1. Acts of volition|
change of mind, change of intention, change of purpose; afterthought., tergiversation, recantation; palinode, palinody; renunciation; abjuration, abjurement; defection (relinquishment); going over; apostasy; retraction, retractation; withdrawal; disavowal (negation); revocation, revokement; reversal; repentance; redintegratio amoris., coquetry; vacillation; backsliding; volte-face., turncoat, turn tippet; rat, apostate, renegade; convert, pervert; proselyte, deserter; backslider; blackleg, crawfish [U.S.], scab, mugwump [U.S.], recidivist., time server, time pleaser; timist, Vicar of Bray, trimmer, ambidexter; weathercock (changeable); Janus.
change one's mind, change one's intention, change one's purpose, change one's note; abjure, renounce; withdraw from (relinquish); waver, vacillate; wheel round, turn round, veer round; turn a pirouette; go over from one side to another, pass from one side to another, change from one side to another, skip from one side to another; go to the rightabout; box the compass, shift one's ground, go upon another tack; do a 360., apostatize, change sides, go over, rat; recant, retract; revoke; rescind (abrogate); recall; forswear, unsay; come over, come round to an opinion; crawfish [U.S.], crawl [U.S.]., draw in one's borns, eat one's words; eat the leek, swallow the leek; swerve, flinch, back out of, retrace one's steps, think better of it; come back to one's first love, return to one's first love; turn over a new leaf (repent)., trim, shuffle, play fast and loose, blow hot and cold, coquet, be on the fence, straddle, bold with the hare but run with the hounds; nager entre deux eaux; wait to see how the cat jumps, wait to see how the wind blows.
"a change came o'er the spirit of my dream" [Byron].
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