Meaning of STRATAGEM in English

— stratagemical /strat'euh jem"i keuhl/ , adj. — stratagemically , adv.

/strat"euh jeuhm/ , n.

1. a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy.

2. any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage over an adversary or competitor: business stratagems.

[ 1480-90; ( stratageme ) stratagemma war ruse strategema stratégema instance of generalship, deriv. of strategeîn to be in command, deriv. of strategós military commander (see STRATEGY) ]

Syn. 1, 2. See trick. 2. deception, intrigue, device, maneuver, contrivance.

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