subterfuge definition

  • noun:
    • A deceptive stratagem or device: "the paltry subterfuge of an anonymous signature” ( Robert Smith Surtees).
    • An indirect or misleading unit or stratagem; a blind. Refers especially to war and politics.
    • Deception; misrepresentation associated with the true nature of a task.
    • That to which one hotels for escape or concealment; an artifice utilized to escape censure or even the power of a quarrel, or to justify views or conduct; a shift; an evasion.
    • That to which a person resorts for escape or concealment; a shift; an evasion; artifice used to escape censure and/or power of a disagreement.
    • Synonyms Shift, an such like. (identify evasion), excuse, trick, quirk, shuffle, pretense, pretext, mask, blind.
    • something intended to misrepresent the real nature of a task

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