subterfuge

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

a dishonest way of doing something

Check Icon How to Memorize

subterfuge - deceit

Check Icon Analysis

The formal word ‘subterfuge’ expresses a secret trick or stratagem that is employed to conceal, escape, or obtain something. As well as a degree of deviousness, it implies something clever or at least well-thought-out. Mostly used in a professional context, particularly with regards to business and politics.

ExamsSpokenOther
Synonyms
Antonyms veracity,forthrightness

Check Icon Example(s)

  1. Nobody from within the administration leaked the information to the press, so they must have gained it by subterfuge.

  2. The politician engaged in an elaborate subterfuge to conceal his financial dealings with that organization.

  3. I didn’t believe Susan’s explanation for why the order wasn’t completed. It sounded more like subterfuge than an honest account of things.

Related Links