from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A deceptive stratagem or device: "the paltry subterfuge of an anonymous signature” ( Robert Smith Surtees).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An indirect or deceptive device or stratagem; a blind. Refers especially to war and politics.
- n. Deception; misrepresentation of the true nature of an activity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That to which a person resorts for escape or concealment; a shift; an evasion; artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument.
- n. Synonyms Shift, etc. (see evasion), excuse, trick, quirk, shuffle, pretense, pretext, mask, blind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
French, from Old French suterfuge, from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere, to escape : subter, secretly, beneath; see upo in Indo-European roots + fugere, to flee.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late 16th century. Directly or via French from late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugio ("I flee secretly"), from subter ("under") and fugio ("I flee"). (Wiktionary)