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Monday, May 01, 2000

subterfuge

\SUB-tur-fyooj\ , noun;
1.
A deceptive device or stratagem.
Quotes:
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, "Filthy rags", The Guardian, January 11, 2001
He is adept at subterfuge, at gaining entry to factories by masquerading as a laborer, a wholesaler, an exporter.
-- Jonathan Silvers, "Child Labor in Pakistan", The Atlantic, February 1996
Origin:
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.
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