|part of speech:
||a stratagem or artifice used to hide, avoid, or deceive.
Pretending to be ill was a subterfuge; she simply wished to avoid taking an exam she wasn't prepared for.
- artifice, contrivance, deceit, device, dodge, evasion, ruse, smoke screen, stratagem, trick, wile
- similar words:
- blind, deception, ploy
||alibi, artifice, camouflage, excuse, fraud, intrigue, trap, trick