American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise an enemy.
- n. A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective. See Synonyms at wile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artifice in war; a plan or scheme for deceiving an enemy.
- n. Any artifice; a trick by which some advantage is intended to be obtained.
- n. Synonyms and
- n. Artifice, Manæuver. Trick, etc. See artifice.
- n. Deception, plot, trap, device, snare, dodge, contrivance.
- n. A deceptive tactic designed to gain the upper hand. Typically, involves underhanded dealings and obfuscation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination.
- n. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade
- n. a maneuver in a game or conversation
- From Old French stratageme, from Latin strategema, from Ancient Greek στρατήγεμα (stratēgema, "the act of a general, a piece of generalship"), from strategein ("to be a general, command an army"), from στρατηγός (stratēgos, "a general, the leader or commander of an army"); see strategy. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French stratageme, from Old Italian stratagemma, from Latin stratēgēma, from Greek, from stratēgein, to be a general, from stratēgos, general : stratos, army; + agein, to lead. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Can regulators distinguish this kind of stratagem from the case of fair and justified engineering decisions that happen to cause a little temporary jitter?”
“If this adjustment in stratagem saved the lives or mission of just one crew, I would be thankful to God.”
“The famous Duguesclin is said to have taken the town by stratagem from the English.”
“The word "Strategy" is a military term derives from the Greek word "stratagem" which means”
“The stratagem is related by the author of the Gesta Francorum, the monk Robert Baldric, and Raymond des”
“Our 'stratagem' -- I have always liked the word, ever since I read _Tales of a Grandfather_, which I thought a great take-in, as it's just a history book, neither more nor less, and the only exciting part is when you come upon stratagems -- succeeded.”
“It's a typical Carter stratagem, which is nothing less than a view of the world where musical lines, like individual lives, intersect at changing speeds in endlessly changing contexts and sometimes, maybe only for a moment, come together.”
“To move from theory toward the concrete, for years in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, I've seen Anglo social workers go after certain Chicano families — do so as agents of county officials who have discovered that such a stratagem is a damn good way to intimidate activist Chicano migrants.”
“The stratagem is a good one, and I dare say some hundreds of men will be added to the encamped army, while certain unconscious diplomatists are sipping their coffee, and complacently gazing at these fiery devices.”
“Here, you see, is a marked case of an appropriation of another's property by a very adroit stratagem, which is fully justified by the Old Testament, and uncondemned by the New.”
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