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stratagem

[ strat-uh-juhm ]
/ ˈstræt ə dʒəm /
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noun

a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.
any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.

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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)
1, 2. See trick.
strat·a·gem·i·cal [strat-uh-jem-i-kuhl], /ˌstræt əˈdʒɛm ɪ kəl/, adjectivestrat·a·gem·i·cal·ly, adverb
stratagem , strategy
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British Dictionary definitions for stratagem

stratagem
/ (ˈstrætɪdʒəm) /

noun

a plan or trick, esp one to deceive an enemy
C15: ultimately from Greek stratēgos a general, from stratos an army + agein to lead
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