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subterfuge (n.)

1570s, from French subterfuge (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin subterfugium "an evasion," from Latin subterfugere "to evade, escape, flee by stealth," from subter "beneath, below;" in compounds "secretly" (from PIE *sup-ter-, suffixed (comparative) form of *(s)up-; see sub-) + fugere "flee" (see fugitive (adj.)).

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Definitions of subterfuge from WordNet

subterfuge (n.)
something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity;
he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge
Synonyms: blind
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