Word of the Day – Tergiversate

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Tergiversate (verb)

tur-jiv-urs-ayt

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’.

Example sentences

“The more he’d tergiversate, the clearer it became to the press he didn’t belong on the podium.”

Word of the Day – Anathema

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Anathema (noun)

an-ath-em-a

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’.

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