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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. An artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A trick; military artifice. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A maneuver designed to outwit an enemy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. 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.
  9. A plan or scheme for deceiving an enemy, especially in war; a trick with the view of gaining some advantage; deceit; imposition. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. strat'a-jem, n. an artifice, esp. in war: a plan for deceiving an enemy or gaining an advantage: any artifice generally.--adjs. STRATEGET'IC, -AL, STRATEG'IC, -AL, pertaining to, or done by, strategy.--adv. STRATEGET'ICALLY.--ns. STRATEGET'ICS, STRAT'EGY, generalship, or the art of conducting a campaign and manoeuvring an army: artifice or finesse generally.--adv. STRATEG'ICALLY.--n. STRAT'EGIST, one skilled in strategy. [Fr.,--L. stratagema--Gr. strat[=e]g[=e]ma--strat[=e]gos, a general--stratos, an army, agein, to lead.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. (An) artifice, trick (ery), device (s) for deceiving enemy, (devised a s.; must be effected by s.). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. [Greek] Originally, art or skill in directing military movements ; -a plan or scheme for deceiving an enemy;-any artifice, trick, or device. Cabinet Dictionary
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