- The definition of a stratagem is a plan or scheme intended to outwit an opponent or achieve a purpose.
When you are participating in a scavenger hunt and you want to beat the other side and you and your teammates brainstorm a way to solve the clues quickly, this is an example of stratagem.
- a trick, scheme, or plan for deceiving an enemy in war
- any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose
Origin of stratagemLate Middle English stratageme ; from Classical Latin strategema ; from Classical Greek stratēgēma, device or act of a general ; from stratēgos, a general ; from stratos, army (for Indo-European base see strew) + agein, to lead: see act
- A scheme or maneuver designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone. See Synonyms at wile.
- 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).
Origin of stratagemMiddle 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-2 in Indo-European roots + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.