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subterfuge

[suhb-ter-fyooj] /ˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ/
noun
1.
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.
Origin of subterfuge
1565-1575
1565-75; < Late Latin subterfugium, equivalent to Latin subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below + fugere to flee) + -ium -ium
Synonyms
deception, scheme, trick, dodge, ruse.
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subterfuge

/ˈsʌbtəˌfjuːdʒ/
noun
1.
a stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape by stealth, from subter secretly + fugere to flee
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Word Origin and History for subterfuge
n.

1570s, from Middle French subterfuge, from Late Latin subterfugium "an evasion," from Latin subterfugere "to evade, escape, flee by stealth," from subter "beneath, secretly" + fugere "flee" (see fugitive).

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