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Funny, self-deprecating, incisive, kind, the old equivocator leaves shoes that will be very hard to fill.
Garnett's status as a treasonous equivocator thereafter called into question the loyalty of any Catholic, for--so the argument went--no one could trust a Catholic who swore an oath of loyalty to the Crown: was the oath in earnest, or was it merely an instance of clever equivocation?
After the equivocator is let into hell, there's an English tailor who steals cloth by making his customer's pants smaller than he should.
yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come in, equivocator.
Therefore, much drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery; it makes him, and it mars him; it sets him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him, and disheartens him, makes him stand to, and not stand to.
If you ask the Equivocators their favorite color, they answer, "Red.
Indeed, it may well be that chief among the equivocators are the merely reluctant guilty and the dissemblers.
Equivocators adopt ambiguous strategies where they fail to emphasize any of the strategy dimensions mentioned.
It was incredible to see anti-death penalty commentators apologizing constantly, always having to blither "of course no one condones his actions"--as though arguing for life imprisonment made one the squishiest, most bleeding-heart of moral equivocators.
They had intermarried with the governing and merchant classes, and many New Christians now feared persecution as equivocators.
QUOTE -- ``I think there are people in this room who will actually go out and stand for the mindless, mediocre equivocators who put our principles on the back burner while promising that they will achieve everything under the sun.
The Reformers' fear of both Jesuit equivocators and of James I's equivocal position with regard to Catholics; Protestants' discomfort with how the Reformers' validation of individual spiritual witness emboldened some women to speak in church; even pamphlets which, against the norm, presented "mitigating circumstances" of monstrous births which argued for readers' private interpretations of the events and their "sympathy" (66): these and other early modern cultural trends and phenomena are granted ample and intelligent attention in Marvelous Protestantism.