Pre*var`i*ca"tion (?), n. [L. praevaricatio: cf. F. pr'evarication.]
The act of prevaricating, shuffling, or quibbling, to evade the truth or the disclosure of truth; a deviation from the truth and fair dealing.
The august tribunal of the skies, where no prevarication shall avail.
A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office.
3. Law (a) RomanLaw
The collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution.
A false or deceitful seeming to undertake a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
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