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Meaning of SUBTERFUGE

Pronunciation:  'subtur`fyooj

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  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"
 

SUBTERFUGE is a 10 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: blind
 
 See Also: deceit, deception, misrepresentation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sub"ter*fuge\, n. [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L.
subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under +
fugere to flee. See {Fugitive}.]
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.

      Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the
      force of an argument.                    --I. Watts.

      By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this
      position safe by rendering it nugatory.  --Burke.

 

 

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