- 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.
Origin of stratagem
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Examples from the Web for stratagem
This was the stratagem of leftists everywhere for a long, long time.Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity Over Tea Partier Chris McDaniel
June 25, 2014
They could not understand the motive, and feared a stratagem.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
Will they not suspect, when once introduced to you, the stratagem that has been adopted?Night and Morning, Complete
He merely wished to keep us here a little while until he could by stratagem outflank us.Freeland
The stratagem of the wily savage was thus perfectly successful.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
They resort to every stratagem which a vile and savage spirit could inspire.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
- a plan or trick, esp one to deceive an enemy
Word Origin and History for stratagem
"artifice, trick," late 15c., from Middle French stratagème "trick, especially to outwit an enemy," from Italian stratagemma, from Latin strategema "artifice, stratagem," from Greek strategema "the act of a general, military stratagem," from strategein "to be a general, command," from strategos "general" (see strategy).