Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)

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Stratagem (Page: 1423)

Strat"a*gem (?), n. [F. stratag\'8ame (cf. Sp. estratagema, It. stratagemma), L. strategema, Gr. , fr. to be leader of an army, fr. a general; an army (probably as being spread out; cf. Stratum) + to lead. See Agent.] An artifice or trick in war for deceiving the enemy; hence, in general, artifice; deceptive device; secret plot; evil machination.

Fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils. Shak.
Those oft are stratagems which error seem, Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream. Pope.