Subterfuge meaning

sŭbtər-fyo͝oj
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.

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(uncountable) Deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.
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Deception used to achieve an end.

Tried to get her to sign the contract by subterfuge.

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Any plan, action, or device used to hide one's true objective, evade a difficult or unpleasant situation, etc.; stratagem; artifice.
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A deceptive stratagem or device.

The meeting was a subterfuge to get him out of his office while it was searched.

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(countable) An indirect or deceptive device or stratagem; a blind. Refers especially to war and politics.

Overt subterfuge in a region nearly caused a minor accident.

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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

  • Late 16th century. Directly or via French from late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugio (“I flee secretly"), from subter (“under") and fugio (“I flee").

    From Wiktionary