prevaricate - vocabulary

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To use ambiguous or evasive language for the purpose of deceiving or diverting attention; to tell a falsehood; to lie.
Lying is the same as alcoholism. Liars prevaricate even on their deathbeds.

—Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Letter to the writer A.N. Pleshcheev, October 9, 1888 “Nauka” Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes (1976)