Subterfuge

Definition of Subterfuge

Sub´ter`fuge
n.1.That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.
Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the force of an argument.
- I. Watts.
By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this position safe by rendering it nugatory.
- Burke.

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