Subterfuge is defined as a plan or action to hide what you’re doing.
An example of subterfuge is a plan to forge signatures with a stamp late at night when no one is working.
any plan, action, or device used to hide one's true objective, evade a difficult or unpleasant situation, etc.; stratagem; artifice
Origin of subterfugeLate Latin subterfugium from Classical Latin subterfugere, to flee secretly, escape from subter-, secretly ( from subter, below) + fugere, to flee: see fugitive
- Deception used to achieve an end: tried to get her to sign the contract by subterfuge.
- A deceptive stratagem or device: The meeting was a subterfuge to get him out of his office while it was searched.
Origin of subterfugeFrench 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
(countable and uncountable, plural subterfuges)