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stratagem (n.)

"artifice, trick," late 15c., from French strattegeme, stratagème "trick, especially to outwit an enemy" (15c.), from Italian stratagemma, from Latin strategema "artifice, stratagem," from Greek strategema "the act of a general; military stratagem," from strategein "to be a general, command," from strategos "general" (see strategy). Related: Stratagematic; stratagemical. The second -a- is a Romanic misspelling (compare Spanish estratagema).

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Definitions of stratagem from WordNet

stratagem (n.)
a maneuver in a game or conversation;
Synonyms: ploy / gambit
stratagem (n.)
an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade;
Synonyms: contrivance / dodge
From wordnet.princeton.edu