an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.

1565–75; < Late Latin subterfugium, equivalent to Latin subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below + fugere to flee) + -ium -ium

deception, scheme, trick, dodge, ruse. Unabridged
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subterfuge (ˈsʌbtəˌfjuːdʒ)
a stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc
[C16: from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape by stealth, from subter secretly + fugere to flee]

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Word Origin & History

1573, from M.Fr. subterfuge, from L.L. subterfugium "an evasion," from L. subterfugere "to evade, escape, flee by stealth," from subter "beneath, secretly" + fugere "flee" (see fugitive).
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Example sentences
Playing to the referee does not always require such subterfuge.
The more subterfuge a newspaper uses, the weightier the public interest defence
  that is needed.
If you've had to resort to subterfuge, tell us about it in the comments section.
It was determined that the abolishments were not done as a subterfuge for
  political reasons.
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