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Word of the Day for Wednesday, September 26, 2012
palter \PAWL-ter\, verb:
1. To talk or act insincerely or deceitfully; lie or use trickery.
2. To bargain with; haggle.
3. To act carelessly; trifle.
Since murder was that man's intention, why should he palter with
-- Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad
Bathsheba would probably have terminated the conversation there
and then by flatly forbidding the subject, had not her conscious
weakness of position allured her to palter and argue in endeavors
to better it.
-- Thomas Hardy, Far From the Maddening Crowd
Palter is of unknown origin. It first arose in the 1540s, and it
may be a variation of the word falter.
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