- to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.
1580s, "to transgress," from L. praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," lit. "walk crookedly;" in Church L., "to transgress" (see prevarication). Meaning "to speak evasively" is from 1630s.
"At every stage, the bureaucrats prevaricated. The prefect of the Bouches-du-Rhône did all he could to keep too many would-be emigrants out of Marseilles, while the individual camps dragged their heels about transferring people to Les Milles, the only camp in which they were permitted to complete the formalities."
- Caroline Moorehead, Village of Secrets