noun sub·ter·fuge \ˈsəb-tər-ˌfyüj\

: the use of tricks especially to hide, avoid, or get something

Full Definition of SUBTERFUGE

:  deception by artifice or strategem in order to conceal, escape, or evade
:  a deceptive device or stratagem

Examples of SUBTERFUGE

  1. They obtained the documents by subterfuge.
  2. <propagandists who use a kind of photographic subterfuge, superimposing one image on another to create a false reality>
  3. And the same kind of subterfuge that causes employees to open a virus-laden attachment could also lead them to unknowingly install programs that ship all their data to unscrupulous competitors. —Paul Wallich, Scientific American, July 2000


Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape, evade, from subter- secretly (from subter underneath; akin to Latin sub under) + fugere to flee — more at up, fugitive
First Known Use: 1573

Rhymes with SUBTERFUGE


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