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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stratagem  \Strat"a*gem\,  n.  [F.  stratag[`e]me  (cf.  Sp 
  estratagema  It  stratagemma),  L.  strategema  Gr  ?,  fr  ?  to 
  be  leader  of  an  army,  fr  ?  a  general;  ?  an  army  (probably  as 
  being  spread  out  cf  {Stratum})  +  ?  to  lead.  See  {Agent}.] 
  An  artifice  or  trick  in  war  for  deceiving  the  enemy;  hence 
  in  general,  artifice;  deceptive  device;  secret  plot;  evil 
  Fit  for  treasons,  stratagems,  and  spoils.  --Shak. 
  Those  oft  are  stratagems  which  error  seem,  Nor  is  it 
  Homer  nods,  but  we  that  dream.  --Pope. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  maneuver  in  a  game  or  conversation  [syn:  {ploy},  {gambit}] 
  2:  an  elaborate  or  deceitful  scheme  contrived  to  deceive  or 
  evade;  "his  testimony  was  just  a  contrivance  to  throw  us 
  off  the  track"  [syn:  {contrivance},  {dodge}] 

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