stratagem


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strat·a·gem

 (străt′ə-jəm)
n.
1. A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone. See Synonyms at wile.
2. The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers: "This devious, insinuating creature, whose every word and movement seemed part of the spinning of some invisible net of stratagem" (Richard Adams).

[Middle English, from Old French stratageme, from Old Italian stratagemma, from Latin stratēgēma, from Greek, from stratēgein, to be a general, from stratēgos, general : stratos, army; see ster- in Indo-European roots + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

stratagem

(ˈstrætədʒəm)
n
a plan or trick, esp one to deceive an enemy
[C15: ultimately from Greek stratēgos a general, from stratos an army + agein to lead]

strat•a•gem

(ˈstræt ə dʒəm)

n.
1. a scheme or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
2. any artifice or ruse devised to attain a goal or gain an advantage.
[1480–90; (< Middle French stratageme) < Italian stratagemma war ruse < Latin stratēgēma < Greek stratḗgēma instance of generalship, derivative of stratēgeîn to be in command, derivative of stratēgós military commander (see strategy)]
syn: See trick.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stratagem - a maneuver in a game or conversation
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end
2.stratagem - an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
plant - something planted secretly for discovery by another; "the police used a plant to trick the thieves"; "he claimed that the evidence against him was a plant"
pump-and-dump scheme - an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises
wangle, wangling - an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery

stratagem

noun trick, scheme, manoeuvre, plan, plot, device, intrigue, dodge, ploy, ruse, artifice, subterfuge, feint, wile a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty

stratagem

noun
1. A method of deploying troops and equipment in combat:
2. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations
خُدْعَه حَرْبِيَّه
lesttrik
kneb
KriegslistListStratagemaStrategem
juonipetossalajuoni
hadicsel
kænsku-/herbragî
kara viltībatriksviltība
krigslistlist

stratagem

[ˈstrætɪdʒəm] Nestratagema f

stratagem

[ˈstrætədʒəm] nstratagème m

stratagem

n (Mil) → Kriegslist f; (= artifice)List f

stratagem

[ˈstrætɪdʒəm] nstratagemma m

stratagem

(ˈstrӕtədʒəm) noun
a trick or plan.
References in classic literature ?
My faithful friend and noble patron," continued Laurie with a wave of the hand, "who has so flatteringly presented me, is not to be blamed for the base stratagem of tonight.
Proposing this ingenious stratagem in a confidential whisper, Mr.
It came of my lifting up my own eyes from a task I was poring at - writing some passages from a book, to improve myself in two ways at once by a sort of stratagem - and seeing Biddy observant of what I was about.
He effected, by stratagem, the escape of the prisoner.
The author, by an extraordinary stratagem, prevents an invasion.
But for all she tugged at it the barber would not give it up until the licentiate told him to let her have it, as there was now no further occasion for that stratagem, because he might declare himself and appear in his own character, and tell Don Quixote that he had fled to this inn when those thieves the galley slaves robbed him; and should he ask for the princess's squire, they could tell him that she had sent him on before her to give notice to the people of her kingdom that she was coming, and bringing with her the deliverer of them all.
Nine long years did we try every kind of stratagem, but the hand of heaven was against us; during all this time there was no one who could compare with your father in subtlety--if indeed you are his son--I can hardly believe my eyes--and you talk just like him too--no one would say that people of such different ages could speak so much alike.
It is the favourite stratagem of our passions to sham a retreat, and to turn sharp round upon us at the moment we have made up our minds that the day is our own.
Only, in order that I may know something, it is important that Porthos should not make use of the only stratagem I leave at his disposal.
M'Dougal, we are told, had recourse to a stratagem by which to avail himself of the ignorance and credulity of the savages, and which certainly does credit to his ingenuity.
She announced this with a pious smile; and in answer to my questions I discovered that it was a stratagem to make Captain Blunt return to the house.
The black manikin heard this plot, and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess, revealed it to him, and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem, and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him.