Clear on unclear

equivocate
(v)
e-KWIV-ǝ-cate
Meaning

mislead; attempt to conceal the truth

1st Sample Sentence

If you equivocate while giving testimony in court, you face the danger of being charged with perjury -- a very serious charge.

Root

aequus (equal)#vocare (to call) (Latin)

Mnemonics

equi (equal) vocal (sound). if we make similar sounds then it would be ambiguous (unclear) to distinguish!! equi+vocate sounds like advocate. corrupt advocates LIE, to CONCEAL THE TRUTH which MISLEADS the judge.