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 strat?g?ma, device or act of a general from strat?gos, 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.
From Old French stratageme, from Latin strategema, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ±Ï„Î®Î³ÎµÎ¼Î± (stratÄ“gema, “the act of a general, a piece of generalship"), from strategein (“to be a general, command an army"), from ÏƒÏ„ÏÎ±Ï„Î·Î³ÏŒÏ‚ (stratÄ“gos, “a general, the leader or commander of an army"); see strategy.