Definitions of stratagem

  1. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a maneuver in a game or conversation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A trick or scheme for deceiving or surprising an enemy, especially in war; any trick or plan for gaining some advantage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A piece of generalship: an artifice, esp. in war: a plan for deceiving an enemy or gaining an advantage. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. A trick; military artifice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A maneuver designed to outwit an enemy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. An artifice, particularly in war; a plan, scheme, or trick for deceiving an enemy or gaining any advantage. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for stratagem

  1. Having made preparations for the daring stratagem by which he hoped to save the women and children, Red Dog divided his little force into two companies. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  2. He accused her of wanting to get him out of the house by stratagem that she might lock him out; and he flung the pence back amongst them. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood