Monday, May 01, 2000
Definitions for subterfuge
- 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.
She has also complained . . . that the reporter used subterfuge to interview her, pretending to be the mother of an inmate.
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.