English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'stratagem'

(noun) 
Definition
a clever plan to deceive an enemy
a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
Synonyms
trick
That was a really mean trick.
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scheme
a quick money-making scheme
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manoeuvre
manoeuvres to block the electoral process
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plan
She met her creditors to propose a plan for making repayments.
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plot
a plot to overthrow the government
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device
His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
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intrigue
the plots and intrigues in the novel
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dodge
It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
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ploy
a cynical marketing ploy
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ruse
This was a ruse to divide them.
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artifice
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
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subterfuge
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
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feint
a tiny feint or lunge to one side
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tactic
His tactic to press on paid off.
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gambit
They said the plan was no more than a clever political gambit.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of artifice
Definition
a clever trick
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
in the sense of device
Definition
a scheme or plan
His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
in the sense of dodge
Definition
a cunning and deceitful trick
It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
Synonyms
con (slang),
scam (slang),
wheeze (British, slang),
canard,
fastie (Australian, slang)

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