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From Middle English *stratageme, from Old French stratageme, from Latin strategema, from Ancient Greek στρατήγημα (stratḗgēma, the act of a general, a piece of generalship), from στρατηγέω (stratēgéō, to be a general, command an army), from στρατηγός (stratēgós, a general, the leader or commander of an army). See strategy.



stratagem (plural stratagems)

  1. A tactic or artifice designed to gain the upper hand, especially one involving underhanded dealings or deception.
    • 2012 March 22, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[1]:
      While Collins does include a love triangle, a coming-of-age story, and other YA-friendly elements in the mix, they serve as a Trojan horse to smuggle readers into a hopeless world where love becomes a stratagem and growing up is a matter of basic survival.

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From Latin strategema, from Ancient Greek στρατήγημα (stratḗgēma).


stratagem m (oblique plural stratagens, nominative singular stratagens, nominative plural stratagem)

  1. strategy; stratagem