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stratagem

strat·a·gem

stratagem

 
 
pronunciation:
strae t jm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a plan or trick to deceive, surprise, or outwit an opponent, esp. as a military maneuver.
The opossum's stratagem of playing dead discourages certain predators.
synonyms:
maneuver, tactic
similar words:
contrivance, deceit, deception, ploy, trap, trick
definition 2: any trick or ruse used to accomplish something.
synonyms:
artifice, deceit, maneuver, ploy, ruse, subterfuge, trick, wile
similar words:
chicanery, contrivance, deception, device