English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'subterfuge'

(noun) 
Definition
a trick or deception used to achieve an objective
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
Synonyms
trick
That was a really mean trick.
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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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manoeuvre
manoeuvres to block the electoral process
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deception
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
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evasion
They face accusations from the Opposition Party of evasion and cover-up.
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pretence
struggling to keep up the pretence that all was well
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pretext
They wanted a pretext to restart the war.
He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach ache.
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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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duplicity
He was guilty of duplicity in his private dealings.
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stratagem
a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
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deviousness
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machination
the political machinations that brought him to power

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 deception
Definition
something that deceives
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
Synonyms
lie,
canard,
porky (British, slang),
pork pie (British, slang),
hokum (slang, US, Canadian),
leg-pull (British, informal),
snow job (slang, US, Canadian),
fastie (Australian, slang)
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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