- 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.
stratagem definition by Webster's New World
- a trick, scheme, or plan for deceiving an enemy in war
- any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose
Origin: Late 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) plush agein, to lead: see act
stratagem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.