stratagem


stratagem
stratagem (n.) "artifice, trick," late 15c., from M.Fr. stratagème "trick, especially to outwit an enemy," from It. stratagemma, from L. strategema "artifice, stratagem," from Gk. strategema "the act of a general, military stratagem," from strategein "to be a general, command," from strategos "general" (see STRATEGY (Cf. strategy)).

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  • stratagem — n. 1) to resort to, use a stratagem 2) a subtle stratagem * * * [ strætədʒəm] use a stratagem a subtle stratagem to resort to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • stratagem — noun Warren devised a series of stratagems to win their confidence Syn: plan, scheme, tactic, maneuver, ploy, device, trick, ruse, plot, machination, dodge; subterfuge, artifice, wile; archaic shift •• stratagem The mistaken spelling strategem… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • stratagem — [[t]stræ̱təʤəm[/t]] stratagems N COUNT A stratagem is a plan that is intended to achieve a particular effect, often by deceiving people. [FORMAL] Trade discounts may be used as a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty. Syn: ploy …   English dictionary


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