Definitions for subterfugeˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•ter•fugeˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ(n.)

  1. an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, etc.

Origin of subterfuge:

1565–75; < LL subterfugium= L subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below +fugere to flee)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subterfuge, blind(noun)

    something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

    "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"


  1. subterfuge(Noun)

    An indirect or deceptive device or stratagem; a blind. Refers especially to war and politics.

    Japanese subterfuge in World War II nearly caused the Americans to lose the war.

  2. subterfuge(Noun)

    Deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.

  3. Origin: Late 16th century. Directly or via French from late subterfugium , from subterfugio, from subter and fugio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subterfuge(noun)

    that to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion


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