What does stratagem mean?

Definitions for stratagem
ˈstræt ə dʒəmstrat·a·gem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ploy, gambit, stratagemnoun

    a maneuver in a game or conversation

  2. contrivance, stratagem, dodgenoun

    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

    "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"


  1. stratagemnoun

    A deceptive tactic designed to gain the upper hand. Typically, involves underhanded dealings and obfuscation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stratagemnoun

    Etymology: στϱατὴγημα; stratageme, French.

    John Talbot, I did send for thee,
    To tutor thee in stratagems of war. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Ev’ry minute now
    Should be the father of some stratagem. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Rouse up your courage, call up all your counsels,
    And think on all those stratagems which nature
    Keeps ready to encounter sudden dangers. John Denham, Sophy.

    Those oft are stratagems which errours seem;
    Nor is it nods, but we who dream. Alexander Pope.


  1. stratagem

    A stratagem is a plan, scheme, or trick designed to deceive, outwit, or achieve a particular goal, often used in politics, business, or military operations. It involves clever manipulations and sneakiness to ensure success.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stratagemnoun

    an artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination

  2. Etymology: [F. stratagme (cf. Sp. estratagema, It. stratagemma), L. strategema, Gr. , fr. to be leader of an army, fr. a general; an army (probably as being spread out; cf. Stratum) + to lead. See Agent.]


  1. Stratagem

    "Stratagem" is the 66th episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the 14th episode from the third season.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stratagem

    strat′a-jem, n. an artifice, esp. in war: a plan for deceiving an enemy or gaining an advantage: any artifice generally.—adjs. Strateget′ic, -al, Strateg′ic, -al, pertaining to, or done by, strategy.—adv. Strateget′ically.—ns. Strateget′ics, Strat′egy, generalship, or the art of conducting a campaign and manœuvring an army: artifice or finesse generally.—adv. Strateg′ically.—n. Strat′egist, one skilled in strategy. [Fr.,—L. stratagema—Gr. stratēgēmastratēgos, a general—stratos, an army, agein, to lead.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stratagem

    A plan devised to throw dust into the eyes of an enemy, in order to deceive him.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. stratagem

    In war, is any scheme or plan for the deceiving and surprising an army, or any body of men.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stratagem in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stratagem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of stratagem in a Sentence

  1. Marc Short:

    If they're asserting the Fifth merely to cater to the President's whims or cover up for the President, that is not a proper use of the privilege, but we will have to do our best to divine whether they're properly invoking the Fifth or using it as a stratagem to keep information.

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