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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of temporise.


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  • Another, smitten by the fair Shehrazade's bulky charms, had proposed matrimony, and offered as dowry a milch camel: she "temporised," not daring to return a positive refusal, and the suitor betrayed a certain

    First Footsteps in East Africa Richard Francis Burton 1855

  • Thus the latter temporised & the political middle ground always moved their way.

    The Great Global Warming Inconvenient Truth 2007

  • Great Britain, it seemed, in an access of meanness, temporised and wrangled with the imperial spirited Butteridge and his extraordinary invention.

    The War in the Air Herbert George 2006

  • Should he confess? — give his savings to the woman to whom he was bound, and beg his release? — there was time yet — he temporised.

    The History of Pendennis 2006

  • Barnes, the arch-traitor, temporised and told him falsehoods, and hesitated about throwing him off until the Marquis had declared himself?

    The Newcomes 2006

  • Bush temporised: I think the most important statement that you heard, and I heard, was the President's statement, when he declared his absolute support for democracy in Russia, and they're not turning back.

    Key word: democracy Richard 2005

  • We have been mealy-mouthed and weak-handed; we have trifled and temporised and the Food has grown and grown.

    The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth Herbert George 2004

  • 'Not so much that it is refused,' Usamah temporised.

    The Falcons of Montabard Chadwick, Elizabeth 2004

  • Revolution, the Cameronians continued a sect strong in numbers and vehement in their political opinions, whom Government wished to discourage, while they prudently temporised with them.

    Old Mortality 2004

  • The general temporised with him till they came to the fringe of tropic trees by the bridge; and there by the singing river and the sunlit palms

    The Complete Father Brown 2003


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