Origin of subterfugeLate Latin subterfugium from Classical Latin subterfugere, to flee secretly, escape from subter-, secretly ( from subter, below) + fugere, to flee: see fugitive
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
- 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)
- The lack of labeling may give an impression of subterfuge.
- The other Gods, seeking a man to bring down the insane Ares, set Kratos upon tasks with subterfuge in their hearts.
- This was not a plan of subterfuge but the result of clothing and equipment being supplied by home states and communities.
- The first novel deals with the machinations and subterfuge with which the First Foundation is formed, and its early history, through its discovery that the Encyclopedia is not its raison d'etre and the dwindling power of the Empire.
- The discovery of the so-called evolution of morality out of non-moral conditions is very frequently an unconscious subterfuge by which the evolutionist hides the fact that he is making a priori judgments upon the value of the moral concepts held to be evolved.