AskDefine | Define stratagem

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A deceptive tactic designed to gain the upper hand. Typically, involves underhanded dealings and obfuscation.


Extensive Definition

Stratagem may refer to:
Also, a number of firms and companies are called Stratagem, as can be verified by searching the internet.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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