subterfuge


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sub·ter·fuge

 (sŭb′tər-fyo͞oj′)
n.
1. Deception used to achieve an end: tried to get her to sign the contract by subterfuge.
2. A deceptive stratagem or device: The meeting was a subterfuge to get him out of his office while it was searched.

[French, from Old French suterfuge, from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere, to escape : subter, secretly, beneath; see upo in Indo-European roots + fugere, to flee.]

subterfuge

(ˈsʌbtəˌfjuːdʒ)
n
a stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc
[C16: from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape by stealth, from subter secretly + fugere to flee]

sub•ter•fuge

(ˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ)

n.
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, etc.
[1565–75; < Late Latin subterfugium= Latin subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below + fugere to flee)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subterfuge - something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood

subterfuge

noun trick, dodge, ploy, shift, manoeuvre, deception, evasion, pretence, pretext, ruse, artifice, duplicity, stratagem, deviousness, machination Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.

subterfuge

noun
An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations

subterfuge

[ˈsʌbtəfjuːdʒ] Nsubterfugio m

subterfuge

[ˈsʌbtərfjuːdʒ] nsubterfuge m

subterfuge

n (= trickery)Täuschung f, → List f; (= trick)Trick m, → List f; to resort to subterfugezu einer List greifen; to be incapable of subterfuge(zu) keiner Falschheit or List fähig sein

subterfuge

[ˈsʌbtəfjuːdʒ] nsotterfugio
References in classic literature ?
It will be great if we can bring that back with us." But the manner in which he said this made Ned feel sure that Tom had had other thoughts, and that he had used a little subterfuge in his answer.
Eustace Macallan's death offered by the defense as a "clumsy subterfuge, in which no reasonable being could discern the smallest fragment of probability." Without going quite so far as this, I, too, could see no reason whatever in the evidence for assuming that the poor woman had taken an overdose of the poison by mistake.
"Ah, Brighteyes, so you've pierced my little subterfuge? Yes, they are eggs.
Why have they put me off with an infamous subterfuge to account for it?
And I'd got to dance with the other Miss Gunn," said Godfrey, glad of the subterfuge his uncle had suggested to him.
I saw a mind degraded by the practice of mean subterfuge, by the habit of perfidious deception, and a body depraved by the infectious influence of the vice-polluted soul.
The Lacedaemonians, to gratify their allies, and yet preserve the semblance of an adherence to their ancient institutions, had recourse to the flimsy subterfuge of investing Lysander with the real power of admiral, under the nominal title of vice-admiral.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LATE OPERATIONS OF THE FRENCH AT THE MARQUESAS--PRUDENT CONDUCT OF THE ADMIRAL--SENSATION PRODUCED BY THE ARRIVAL OF THE STRANGERS--THE FIRST HORSE SEEN BY THE ISLANDERS--REFLECTIONS--MISERABLE SUBTERFUGE OF THE FRENCH--DIGRESSION CONCERNING TAHITI--SEIZURE OF THE ISLAND BY THE ADMIRAL--SPIRITED CONDUCT OF AN ENGLISH LADY
Without falsehood or subterfuge, Louise, am I to believe what Mademoiselle de Montalais stated?
But this time I was not to be outwitted by any such petty subterfuge. Before she had half arisen I had grasped her by the arm, and then, as I saw the guard starting to make a concerted rush upon me from all sides, I whipped out my dagger and, holding it close to that vile breast, ordered them to halt.
Therefore, without subterfuge or hesitation, tell me the truth - "
When he thrust, however, I was not there, for I had fought with therns before; and while none had ever resorted to precisely that same expedient, I knew them to be the least honorable and most treacherous fighters upon Mars, and so was ever on the alert for some new and devilish subterfuge when I was engaged with one of their race.