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"
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.
Deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.
Origin: Late 16th century. Directly or via French from late subterfugium , from subterfugio, from subter and fugio.
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
Origin: [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L. subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under + fugere to flee. See Fugitive.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sub′tėr-fūj, n. that to which one resorts for escape or concealment: an artifice to escape censure or the force of an argument: evasion. [Fr.,—L. subterfugĕre—subter, under, fugĕre, to flee.]
The numerical value of subterfuge in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of subterfuge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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