The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
Mid 19th century: from German Zeitgeist, from Zeit ‘time’ + Geist ‘spirit’.
“The outfits really captured the zeitgeist of the 60s era.”
Speak or act in an evasive way.
Mid 16th century (earlier ( Middle English) as prevarication and prevaricator), in the sense ‘go astray, transgress’: from Latin praevaricat- ‘walked crookedly, deviated’, from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari ‘straddle’.