an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.
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How to use subterfuge in a sentence
Karen doesn’t have to keep up the subterfuge by returning through the same door.Some people go to extreme lengths to soothe their neurotic dogs | John Kelly | July 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Across eight episodes, the drama explores the perspectives of various family members engaged in personal feuds and business subterfuge.
She sought out affairs that required subterfuge and lies, then sabotaged them with open infidelities.Patricia Highsmith’s sordid search for inspiration | Wendy Smith | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
They were built so users could share banal life updates or pictures, their founders never anticipating their products would one day contribute to an attempted subterfuge of American democracy.
The deception, sabotage, and subterfuge continue throughout his quest to retake his home, and serve to spread the legend of “the Ghost,” a fallen samurai who has risen to exact revenge on the Mongol army.
The websites, subterfuge, and paid surrogates cost them money.
Delving into why this slaughter never happened uncovers a story of spy-craft, subterfuge and tightly-kept secrets.
So why, after a year of careful subterfuge, did Harry decide to publicly embrace Cressida on Wednesday morning?
The witnesses were used in the worst possible way, as a sort of subterfuge to play on emotions.Claude Lanzmann on 'Shoah', His Memoir, and the Banality of Evil | Clémence Boulouque | June 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The best way to dismantle Israel as a Jewish state is through subterfuge.
"Only as a sister should think of an absent brother," returned Dorothy, ashamed of the subterfuge.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
I never feared any thing but guilt, and I will not purchase life at the expense of a base subterfuge.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Necessity drove me to subterfuge: I pretended total inability to distinguish the needles.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He passionately denounced the surrender, the "policy of subterfuge and crooked ways," which threatened to founder Italy.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
This was too transparent a subterfuge to deceive one even so unaccustomed to life in these solitudes as Jack Dudley.Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for subterfuge
a stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc
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