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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Italian
Origin: stratagemma, from Latin, from Greek stratagema, from stratagein 'to lead an army', from strategos 'general', from stratos 'army' + agein 'to lead'

stratagem

noun
     
strat‧a‧gem [countable]
formal a trick or plan to deceive an enemy or gain an advantage [= ploy]

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