Subterfuge Sub"ter*fuge, n. [F., from LL. subterfugium, fr. L. subterfugere to flee secretly, to escape; subter under + fugere to flee. See {Fugitive}.] That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion. [1913 Webster]

Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the force of an argument. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

By a miserable subterfuge, they hope to render this position safe by rendering it nugatory. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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