Definition of subterfuge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsʌbtəfjuːdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbtərfjuːdʒ//
[uncountable, countable] (formal)
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a secret, usually dishonest, way of behaving Journalists often use subterfuge to obtain material for stories. a political subterfuge Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, or from late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere ‘escape secretly’, from subter- ‘beneath’ + fugere ‘flee’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: subterfuge