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Monday, May 01, 2000

Definitions for subterfuge

  1. A deceptive device or stratagem.

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Citations for subterfuge
In the end, however, all the stealth and subterfuge were for naught, as the young publicity agent couldn't keep the secret. Larry Tye, The Father of Spin
She has also complained . . . that the reporter used subterfuge to interview her, pretending to be the mother of an inmate. Roy Greenslade, The Guardian
Origin of subterfuge
Subterfuge comes from Late Latin subterfugium, "a secret flight," from Latin subterfugere, "to flee in secret, to evade," from subter, "underneath, underhand, in secret" + fugere, "to flee." It is related to fugitive, one who flees.