stratagem


strat·a·gem

noun \ˈstra-tə-jəm, -ˌjem\

: a trick or plan for deceiving an enemy or for achieving a goal

Full Definition of STRATAGEM

1
a :  an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy
b :  a cleverly contrived trick or scheme for gaining an end
2
:  skill in ruses or trickery

Examples of STRATAGEM

  1. <tried various stratagems to get the cat into the carrier, but the feisty feline was wise to them all>

Origin of STRATAGEM

Italian stratagemma, from Latin strategema, from Greek stratēgēma, from stratēgein to be a general, maneuver, from stratēgos general, from stratos camp, army (akin to Latin stratus, past participle, spread out) + agein to lead — more at stratum, agent
First Known Use: 15th century

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