|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers|
|Division (I) Individual Volition|
| Section I. Volition in General|
| 1. Acts of Volition|
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|NOUN:||TERGIVERSATION, tergiversating, recantation; palinode, palinody [rare]; renunciation; abjuration, abjurement; defection (relinquishment) [See Relinquishment]; going over &c. v.; apostasy; retraction, retractation; withdrawal; disavowal (negation) [See Negation]; revocation, revokement [rare], reversal; repentance [See Penitence]; redintegratio amoris [L.].|
change of -mind, - intention, - purpose; afterthought.
coquetry, flirtation; vacillation [See Irresolution].
recidivism, recidivation, backsliding; volte-face [F.].
TURNCOAT, turn-tippet [obs.]; rat [cant], apostate, renegade, pervert, deserter, backslider; recidivist; crawfish [slang, U. S.], mugwump [U. S.]; blackleg, scab [slang]; proselyte, convert.
TIMESERVER, time-pleaser; timist [obs.], Vicar of Bray, trimmer, ambidexter; double dealer; weathercock (changeable) [See Changeableness]; Janus; coquet, flirt.
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|VERB:||TERGIVERSATE, veer round, wheel round, turn round; change ones- mind, - intention, - purpose, - note; abjure, renounce; withdraw from (relinquish) [See Relinquishment]; turn a pirouette; go over -, pass -, change -, skip- from one side to another; go to the right-about; box the compass, shift ones ground, go upon another tack.|
APOSTATIZE, change sides, go over, rat [cant], tourner casaque [F.], recant, retract; revoke; rescind (abrogate) [See Abrogation]; recall; forswear, unsay; come -over, - round- to an opinion.
BACK DOWN, draw in ones horns, eat ones words; eat -, swallow- the leek; swerve, flinch, back out of, retrace ones steps, crawfish, crawl [both slang, U. S.]; think better of it; come back -, return- to ones first love; turn over a new leaf (repent) [See Penitence].
TRIM, shuffle, play fast and loose, blow hot and cold, coquet, flirt, be on the fence, straddle, hold with the hare but run with the hounds; nager entre deux eaux [F.], wait to see how the -cat jumps, - wind blows.
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|ADJECTIVE:||CHANGEFUL [See Changeableness]; irresolute [See Irresolution]; ductile, slippery as an eel, trimming, ambidextrous, timeserving; coquetting &c. v.|
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- A change came oer the spirit of my dream.Byron
- They are not constant, but are changing still.Cymbeline
- Was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this multitude?II Henry VI