vers-, vert-, -verse, -version, -version, -versation, -versal, -versary, -vert, vort-, vors-

(Latin: bend, turn)

subvert (verb), subverts; subverted; subverting
1. To secretly attempt to destroy or to undermine a government or a political system: Sometimes it is easier for a country to resist an attack from the outside than to survive from being subverted within its governing organization.
2. To make something weaker or less effective: A politician was accusing his opponent of trying to subvert the electoral system.
To undermine the allegiance of.
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To over turn or to overthrow; as, to subvert a government.
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tergiversant (adjective), more tergiversant, most tergiversant
A reference to a tendency to evade the truth or to deceive: "When asked why he deserted his wife for another woman, Hugo's brother made some tergiversant excuses."
tergiversate (verb), tergiversates; tergiversated; tergiversating
1. To use evasions or ambiguities; to equivocate in order to mislead or to withhold information.
2. To change sides; to apostatize or to abandon one's beliefs or allegiances, or to repudiate, renounce; to cast off or to disown.
tergiversation (s) (noun), tergiversations (pl)
1. The avoidance of a straightforward action or a clear-cut statement by not telling the truth; equivocation: The student was often telling his parents that he didn't have any homework to do, but his tergiversations were finally revealed and he could no longer avoid the unpleasant fact as to why he was getting such low grades on his report card.
2. The desertion of a position, political party, or religious faith: Mark's brother was not sincere in his righteous conduct or behavior; so, his tergiversation indicated his lack of faithfulness in what he professed to believe.
3. Etymology: from Latin tergiversari,"to show reluctance" and it comes from the combination of tergum, "back" + versare, "to turn".
Conflicting statements that avoid telling the truth.
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tergiversator (s) (noun), tergiversators (pl)
A person who avoids honest or clearly spoken statements or answers.
thermal inversion
A meteorological condition characterized by a temperature increase; rather than a decrease, with the altitude.

During a thermal inversion, air pollution can increase dramatically as a mass of cold air is held in place below a warmer mass of air.

The absence of air circulation prevents the pollution near the earth's surface from escaping.


Inter-related cross references involving word units meaning "bend, curve, turn": diversi-; diverticul-; flect-, flex-; gyro-; meand-; -plex; streph-; stroph-; tors-; tropo-; verg-; volv-.