- Deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal: he had to use subterfuge and bluff on many occasions [count noun]: I hated all the subterfuges, I hated lying to youMore example sentences
trickery, intrigue, deviousness, evasion, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, craft, craftiness, slyness, chicanery, bluff, pretence, fraud, fraudulence, sophistry, sharp practice• informal monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, kidology, every trick in the bookIrish • informal codologytrick, hoax, ruse, wile, ploy, stratagem, artifice, dodge, bluff, manoeuvre, machination, pretext, pretence, expedient, tactic, intrigue, scheme, deception, fraud, masquerade, blind, smokescreen, sleight, stunt, game• informal con, racket, scam, caperBritish • informal wheezeAustralian • informal lurk• archaic shift
- Jonson's plays challenged the audience to examine the impact of a society governed by deceit and subterfuge.
- This is unskillful because it requires subterfuge and deceit, it means that solemn promises made at the time of marriage are broken, and it amounts to a betrayal of trust.
- Using guerrilla tactics and subterfuge, Alfred beat the Vikings at their own game.
late 16th century: from French, or from late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere 'escape secretly', from subter- 'beneath' + fugere 'flee'.