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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: subterfugium, from Latin subterfugere 'to escape', from subter- 'secretly' + fugere 'to run away'

subterfuge

noun
     
sub‧ter‧fuge [uncountable and countable]
formal a secret trick or slightly dishonest way of doing something, or the use of this
by subterfuge
Sereni was lured to Moscow by subterfuge.

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