Make conflicting or evasive statements; equivocate.
Mid 17th century: from Latin tergiversat- ‘with one’s back turned’, from the verb tergiversari, from tergum ‘back’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
“The more he’d tergiversate, the clearer it became to the press he didn’t belong on the podium.”
Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes/ A strong curse.
Early 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin, ‘excommunicated person, excommunication’, from Greek anathema ‘thing dedicated’, (later) ‘thing devoted to evil, accursed thing’, from anatithenai ‘to set up’.