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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 ?
One example of the shameless subterfuges under which the French stand prepared to defend whatever cruelties they may hereafter think fit to commit in bringing the Marquesan natives into subjection is well worthy of being recorded.
One day, after having admitted that, with an overwhelming run of good-luck, there MIGHT be one chance of success in a thousand, he pretended to yield entirely to the doctor's wishes; but, in order to still put off the journey, he opened the most varied series of subterfuges.
When on a war party, however, they go on foot, to enable them to skulk through the country with greater secrecy; to keep in thickets and ravines, and use more adroit subterfuges and stratagems.
The circumstances in which he had lived during the last two years had taught him several things about the life of the very poor, which it amused them to find he knew; and they were impressed because he was not deceived by their little subterfuges.
The effect of these subterfuges was a little dashed by Ridley, who, after regarding Pepper for some moments, sighed aloud, "Poor fellow
Thou didst address thyself to my simplicity, thou didst lay siege to my virtue, thou wert not ignorant of my station, well dost thou know how I yielded wholly to thy will; there is no ground or reason for thee to plead deception, and if it be so, as it is, and if thou art a Christian as thou art a gentleman, why dost thou by such subterfuges put off making me as happy at last as thou didst at first?
Perhaps because he knew he had no accent worth speaking of, or perhaps because he did not want the bother of imparting it, he never would keep any of the engagements he made with me, and when we did meet he so abounded in excuses and subterfuges that he finally escaped me, and I was left to acquire an Italian accent of French in Venice seven or eight years later.
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.