An example of subterfuge is a plan to forge signatures with a stamp late at night when no one is working.
Tried to get her to sign the contract by subterfuge.
The meeting was a subterfuge to get him out of his office while it was searched.
Origin of subterfuge
- French from Old French suterfuge from Late Latin subterfugium from Latin subterfugere to escape subter secretly, beneath upo in Indo-European roots fugere to flee
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition