subterfuge(redirected from subterfuges)
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Related to subterfuges: deceiving
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.
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]
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)]
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|Noun||1.||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"|