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English Dictionary: subterfuge by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
subterfuge
n
  1. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; "he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge"; "the holding company was just a blind"
    Synonym(s): subterfuge, blind
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Subterfuge \Sub"ter*fuge\, n. [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L.
      subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under +
      fugere to flee. See {Fugitive}.]
      That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an
      artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an
      argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an
      evasion.
  
               Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the
               force of an argument.                              --I. Watts.
  
               By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this
               position safe by rendering it nugatory.   --Burke.
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