subterfuge

  • 1 subterfuge — [ syptɛrfyʒ ] n. m. • 1316; bas lat. subterfugium, de subterfugere « fuir (fugere) en cachette » ♦ Moyen habile et détourné pour échapper à une situation, pour se tirer d embarras. ⇒ détour, échappatoire, faux fuyant. Subterfuges de conscience… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 Subterfuge — ist der Name zweier Bands: einer US amerikanischen Hardcore Band: siehe Subterfuge (USA) einer deutschen Band:siehe Subterfuge (Deutschland) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Beg …

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  • 3 Subterfuge — 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 subterfuge — I noun artifice, camouflage, chicane, chicanery, concealment, counterfeit, deception, deverticulum, device, dodge, duplicity, elusion, evasion, excuse, fabrication, falsehood, fib, fiction, finesse, forgery, guise, imposture, jugglery, latebra,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 subterfuge — 1570s, from M.Fr. subterfuge, from L.L. subterfugium an evasion, from L. subterfugere to evade, escape, flee by stealth, from subter beneath, secretly + fugere flee (see FUGITIVE (Cf. fugitive)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 subterfuge — Subterfuge, Tergiuersatio. Cercher les subterfuges, Tergiuersari, Subterfugere …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 7 subterfuge — Subterfuge. s. m. Fuite & eschappatoire, en matiere de chicane, ou de dispute. Trouver des subterfuges. chercher des subterfuges. user de subterfuges. il ne manque pas de subterfuges …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 8 subterfuge — ► NOUN ▪ a trick or deception used in order to achieve one s goal. ORIGIN from Latin subterfugere escape secretly …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 subterfuge — [sub′tər fyo͞oj΄] n. [LL subterfugium < L subterfugere, to flee secretly, escape < subter, secretly (< subter, below) + fugere, to flee: see FUGITIVE] any plan, action, or device used to hide one s true objective, evade a difficult or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 subterfuge — [[t]sʌ̱btə(r)fjuːʤ[/t]] subterfuges N VAR Subterfuge is a trick or a dishonest way of getting what you want. Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge... The party has predictably rejected the proposals as a subterfuge …

    English dictionary

  • 11 subterfuge — n. to resort to, use (a) subterfuge * * * [ sʌbtəfjuːdʒ] use (a) subterfuge to resort to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 subterfuge — sub|ter|fuge [ˈsʌbtəfju:dʒ US ər ] n [U and C] [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape , from subter secretly + fugere to run away ] formal a secret trick or slightly dishonest way of doing… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 subterfuge — noun 1) the use of subterfuge by journalists Syn: trickery, intrigue, deviousness, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, craftiness, chicanery, pretense, fraud, fraudulence 2) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 subterfuge — UK [ˈsʌbtə(r)ˌfjuːdʒ] / US [ˈsʌbtərˌfjudʒ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms subterfuge : singular subterfuge plural subterfuges formal the use of lies and tricks …

    English dictionary

  • 15 SUBTERFUGE — s. m. Échappatoire, moyen détourné et artificieux pour se tirer d embarras en matière d affaires ou de discussion. Il ne se prend qu en mauvaise part. Trouver, chercher des subterfuges. User de subterfuges. Employer des subterfuges. Il ne manque… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 16 subterfuge — noun /ˈsəbtɹ̩ˌfjuːdʒ/ a) An indirect or deceptive device or stratagem; a blind. Refers especially to war and politics. The Japaneses subterfuge in World War II caused the Americans to lose the battle. b) Deception; misrepresentation of the true… …

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  • 17 subterfuge — (sub tèr fu j ) s. m. Moyen détourné et artificieux pour se tirer d embarras. •   L esprit humain est fertile en détours, en subtilités, en subterfuges, FÉN. t. XXII, p. 449. •   La fraude heureuse en subterfuges, J. B. ROUSS. Épît. I, 1, aux… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 18 subterfuge — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. ruse, shift, pretext, artifice, device, stratagem, cunning; evasion. See avoidance. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. deception, device, artifice, ploy; see deception 1 , trick 1 . See Synonym Study at… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 subterfuge — sub|ter|fuge [ sʌbtər,fjudʒ ] noun count or uncount FORMAL the use of lies and tricks: DECEIT: Catherine was tired of his lies and subterfuge …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 subterfuge — noun (C, U) formal a secret trick or slightly dishonest way of doing something, or the use of this: Sereni was lured to Moscow by subterfuge …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English