- 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.
Origin: LL subterfugium from Classical Latin subterfugere, to flee secretly, escape from subter, secretly (from subter, below) plush fugere, to flee: see fugitive
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Origin: French, 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.