subterfuge
[ suhb-ter-fyooj ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
late 16th century; French from late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere 'escape secretly', from subter- 'beneath' + fugere 'flee'
Synonyms
  • bluff
  • ploy
  • stratagem
Antonyms
  • frankness
  • honesty
  • openness
Definition
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.
Example
A) Dean's subterfuge allowed him to successfully hide his affair from his wife. B) Emily could not believe Richard had resorted to subterfuge to keep a hurtful secret from her.
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