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Apparently different words with different meanings originated from the Latin word “praevaricari” (“walk crookedly”):

• “prevaricare” in Italian, which means “transgress”
• “prevaricar” in Spanish and Catalan and “prévariquer” in French, which mean “neglect one's duty”
• “prevaricate” in English, which means “speak or act evasively”

At least I'm glad to have learned that these are all false friends before stumbling upon them accidentally

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