Word of the Day

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stratagem (noun) – 1. A scheme or manoeuvre designed to achieve an objective, as in surprising an enemy or deceiving someone. See Synonyms at wile.
2. The devising or execution of such schemes or maneuvers:

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : A stratagem is any clever scheme—sometimes one that’s part of an overall strategy (i.e., a carefully worked out plan of action). The word stratagem entered English in the 15th century and was originally used in reference to some artifice, such as a military plan or manoeuvre, which was designed to deceive or outwit the enemy. This military sense can be traced back to the word’s Greek ancestor strat?g?ma, which is itself based on strat?gein, meaning “to act as a general.” Strat?gein, in turn, comes from strat?gos (meaning “general”), which comes from stratos (“camp” or “army”) and agein (“to lead”). Strat?gos is an ancestor of strategy as well.