What does subterfuge mean?

Definitions for subterfugeˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ

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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

  2. Origin: [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L. subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under + fugere to flee. See Fugitive.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subterfuge

    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. subterfugĕresubter, under, fugĕre, to flee.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subterfuge in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subterfuge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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