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Apr 29, 2005
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palter

(PAWL-tuhr) Pronunciation

verb intr.:
1. To talk or act in an insincere or deceitful manner.
2. To haggle.

[Origin unknown.]

"Who never sold the truth to serve the hour,
Nor paltered with Eternal God for power."
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), poet laureate, eulogizing the Duke of Wellington.

See more usage examples of palter in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me. -Bertrand Russell philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

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