[ strat-uh-juhm ]
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  1. a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.

  2. any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.

Origin of stratagem

1480–90; (<Middle French stratageme) <Italian stratagemma war ruse <Latin stratēgēma<Greek stratḗgēma instance of generalship, derivative of stratēgeîn to be in command, derivative of stratēgós military commander (see strategy)

synonym study For stratagem

1, 2. See trick.

Other words for stratagem

Other words from stratagem

  • strat·a·gem·i·cal [strat-uh-jem-i-kuhl], /ˌstræt əˈdʒɛm ɪ kəl/, adjective
  • strat·a·gem·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with stratagem

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How to use stratagem in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stratagem


/ (ˈstrætɪdʒəm) /

  1. a plan or trick, esp one to deceive an enemy

Origin of stratagem

C15: ultimately from Greek stratēgos a general, from stratos an army + agein to lead

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