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Subterfuge


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This word is pronounced as ‘Sub-te-fyuuj’. The stress is on the first syllable. Remember here ‘r’ is silent in pronunciation.

Literally this word means ‘escape secretly’. It comes from the Latin word ‘subter’ meaning ‘secretly’ and ‘fugere’ meaning ‘to flee.’

When you trick someone or make employ dishonest means in order to achieve your goal, you are making use subterfuge.


Sample Usage

1.I don’t care how you get the secret information. Obtain it by subterfuge if you have to.

2.Everyone knew the minister wasn’t sick at all. It was only a subterfuge.


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