Definition of temporize in English:

temporize

Line breaks: tem¦por|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛmpərʌɪz
 
/
(also temporise)

verb

[no object]

Derivatives

temporization

Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
More example sentences
  • It is a temporisation: a device for avoiding to commit oneself.
  • He steered the US back toward the path of temporisation and appeasement.
  • Nothing has been more deleterious in this war than the promise of hard force followed by temporization.

temporizer

noun
More example sentences
  • He is a temporizer who has stood up for tyrants.
  • He came to see himself as a temporizer.

Origin

late 16th century: from French temporiser 'bide one's time', from medieval Latin temporizare 'to delay', from Latin tempus, tempor- 'time'.

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