- 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)