subterfuge

[ suhb-ter-fyooj ]
/ ˈsʌb tərˌfyudʒ /

noun

an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.

Origin of subterfuge

1565–75; < Late Latin subterfugium, equivalent to Latin subterfug(ere) to evade (subter below + fugere to flee) + -ium -ium
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subterfuge

/ (ˈsʌbtəˌfjuːdʒ) /

noun

a stratagem employed to conceal something, evade an argument, etc

Word Origin for subterfuge

C16: from Late Latin subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere to escape by stealth, from subter secretly + fugere to flee
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