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prae-vārĭcor , ātus, 1, v. dep., walk crookedly, not to walk straight. *
I. Lit.: “arator praevaricatur,makes a crooked furrow, Plin. 18, 19, 49, § 179.—
II. Trop.
A. To walk crookedly in the discharge of one's duty, not to act uprightly; esp. of an advocate who is guilty of collusion with the opposite party, to make a sham accusation or defence, to collude, prevaricate: “qui praevaricatur, ex utrāque parte consistit, quinimo ex alterā,Dig. 47, 15, 1; cf. Plin. l. c. supra: a Catilina pecuniam accepit, ut turpissime praevaricaretur, Auct. Har. Resp. 20; Plin. Ep. 3, 9, 29.—With dat., to favor collusively: “interdum non defendere, sed praevaricari accusationi videbatur,Cic. Clu. 21, 58.—
B. Late Lat., to transgress, sin against, violate: “pactum meum,Vulg. Jos. 7, 11: “contra me,id. Deut. 32, 51: legem, id. Osee, 8, 1.—Also in the form praevā-rĭco , āre: “quod audivit, praevaricavit,Aug. Tract. in Joann. 99; cf. Prisc. 8, 6, 29.
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