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STRATAGEM

 Dictionary entry overview: What does stratagem mean? 

STRATAGEM (noun)
  The noun STRATAGEM has 2 senses:

1. a maneuver in a game or conversation
2. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

  Familiarity information: STRATAGEM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRATAGEM (noun)


Sense 1stratagem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A maneuver in a game or conversation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

stratagem; gambit; ploy

Hypernyms ("stratagem" is a kind of...):

maneuver; manoeuvre; tactical maneuver; tactical manoeuvre (a move made to gain a tactical end)


Sense 2stratagem [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

dodge; stratagem; contrivance

Context example:

his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Hypernyms ("stratagem" is a kind of...):

scheme; strategy (an elaborate and systematic plan of action)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stratagem"):

plant (something planted secretly for discovery by another)

pump-and-dump scheme (an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises)

wangle; wangling (an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery)


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