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From Old French stratageme, from Latin strategema, from Ancient Greek στρατήγημα ‎(stratḗgēma, the act of a general, a piece of generalship), from strategein ‎(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.
    • 22 March 2012, 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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