- 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: L Middle English stratageme from Classical Latin strategema from Glassical Greek stratēgēma, device or act of a general from stratēgos, a general from stratos, army (for Indo-European base see strew) plush agein, to lead: see act
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- A military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise an enemy.
- A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective. See Synonyms at wile.
Origin: 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-2 in Indo-European roots + agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots.