NounStratagem (plural Stratagems)
- A deceptive tactic designed to gain the upper hand. Typically, involves underhanded dealings and obfuscation.
Adjectives for Stratagem
successful; deadlier; vicious; daring; clumsy; clever; brilliant; military.
Verbs for Stratagem
conceive—; concoct—; devise—; employ—; frame—; hatch—; practice—; resort to—; —accomplishes; —baffles; —baits; —be-fools; —beguiles; —bluffs; —confounds; ——decoys; —defrauds; —deludes; —distracts; —diverts; —entices; —frustrates; '—hoodwinks; —lures; —rebuffs; —repulses; '—routs; —snares ; —succeeds ; —thwarts.
action, ad hoc measure, alibi, answer, apology, art, artful dodge, artifice, bag of tricks, blind, bluff, bosey, cabal, catch, chicanery, chouse, cloak, collusion, color, complicity, complot, confederacy, connivance, conspiracy, contrivance, contriving, countermove, counterplot, coup, course of action, cover, cover story, cover-up, covin, craft, curve, curve-ball, cute trick, deceit, deep-laid plot, demarche, design, device, dirty deal, dirty trick, dodge, effort, engineering, excuse, expedient, facade, fakement, fast deal, feint, fetch, ficelle, finagling, finesse, frame-up, front, gambit, game, gimmick, gloss, googly, grift, guise, handle, hocus-pocus, improvisation, intrigue, joker, juggle, jugglery, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, knavery, lame excuse, last expedient, last resort, last shift, little game, locus standi, lure, machination, makeshift, maneuver, maneuvering, manipulation, mask, means, measure, move, ostensible motive, pass, pis aller, plan, play, plot, plotting, ploy, poor excuse, pretense, pretension, pretext, protestation, public motive, put-off, racket, red herring, refuge, resort, resource, rigging, ruse, scheme, schemery, scheming, screen, scurvy trick, semblance, shake-up, sham, shift, show, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, smoke screen, solution, stalking-horse, step, stopgap, strategy, stroke, stroke of policy, subterfuge, tactic, temporary expedient, trick, trickery, trump, underplot, varnish, veil, web of intrigue, wile, wily device, wire-pulling, working hypothesis, working proposition
From Old French stratageme < Latin strategema < Ancient Greek στρατήγεμα (stratēgema, “the act of a general, a piece of generalship”) < strategein (“to be a general, command an army”) < στρατηγός (stratēgos, “a general, the leader or commander of an army”); see strategy.