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Definition of Stratagem


  1. An artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination.

Stratagem Quotations

One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
Harold Pinter

To read of a detective's daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.
Rex Stout

The natural principle of war is to do the most harm to our enemy with the least harm to ourselves; and this of course is to be effected by stratagem.
Washington Irving

In strife who inquires whether stratagem or courage was used?

The Indians, I was now speaking of, were not content with the common Enemies that lessen and destroy their Country-men, but invented an infallible Stratagem to purge their Tribe, and reduce their Multitude into far less Numbers.
John Lawson
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Stratagem Translations

stratagem in German is List
stratagem in Hungarian is hadicsel
stratagem in Spanish is estratagema
stratagem in Swedish is knep
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