stratagem was our Word of the Day on 12/02/2011. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of stratagem in a Sentence
tried various stratagems to get the cat into the carrier, but the feisty feline was wise to them all
Recent Examples of stratagem from the Web
Other drug companies are trying similar REMS stratagems.
As Mueller moves to interview West Wing aides in the coming days, advisers are lobbying for Trump to consider a range of stratagems to neutralize Mueller, from conciliation to a declaration of all-out war.
This divide-and-conquer stratagem paid off handsomely this week when the Czechs and Slovaks broke ranks with a group of eastern European countries to back a tightening of cross-border labour rules inside the EU, a totemic issue for Mr Macron.
And by Monday, after a year of legal stratagems on his part, both charges had been dropped.
Cuba’s favourite economic stratagem—extracting subsidies from left-wing allies—has had its day.
Tagavilla and Hamilton engage in bitterly funny conversations about the challenges and stratagems of Asian-American actors.
Thus begins a chain of machinations, impostures, and stratagems, including mare’s sweat, pirates, cross-dressing, and mistaken identity.
That's a VERY overblown way of thinking of course, for a lot of different reasons, but the stratagem does have merit, in that the stakes and the story are presented in dramatic fashion.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stratagem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
A "stratagem" is any clever scheme - sometimes one that's part of an overall "strategy" (i.e., a carefully worked out plan of action). Clearly, we no longer limit ourselves to the original military sense of "stratagem" as 15th-century users of the term did. The military meaning can be traced back to the word's Greek ancestor strategema, which is itself based on strategein, meaning "to act as a general." "Strategein" in turn comes from "strategos" ("general"), which comes from "stratos" ("army") and "agein" ("to lead"). "Strategos" is an ancestor of "strategy" as well.
Origin and Etymology of stratagem
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
sleight of hand;
Synonym Discussion of stratagem
- the tricks of the trade
- the ruses of smugglers
- the stratagem-filled game
- last-minute maneuvers to avert bankruptcy
- the clever artifices of the stage
- used all of his wiles to ingratiate himself
- a feint toward the enemy's left flank
STRATAGEM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stratagem for English Language Learners
: a trick or plan for deceiving an enemy or for achieving a goal
STRATAGEM Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up stratagem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).