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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 26th September 2021
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subterfuge SUB-ta-fyuj

Plan or action intended to conceal th real objective.

The character of the Sherman Act is sufficiently comprehensive and thorough to prevent evasions of its policy by disguise or subterfuge.

U.S. Supreme Court, Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co. v. United States, 226 U.S. 20 (1912), decided 18 December 1912.
US Supreme Court

You bring in figures in the House that really are deceitful, they are basically subterfuge, the figures that you brought in.

Mr Taylor, Nova Scotia Hansard, 18 April 1997. Nova Scotia Hansard

Bhutto's downfall had many causes: feudal rivalries, army ambitions, his own cockiness, American subterfuge (Benazir certainly believed the last).

Ian Jack, The Guardian, 29 December 2007. Guardian

Previous commentators have speculated that Turing's mastery of ciphers somehow derived from his undercover sexual identity. This was the view Alan Bennett took of Anthony Blunt in his play, A Question of Attribution, which connects homosexuality, espionage and the critical science of iconography as modes of subterfuge, arts that both conceal and expose a dangerous truth.

Peter Conrad, The Observer, 18 June 2006, The Observer
reviewing David Leavitt's The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer. Amazon

Although “Detective Story” contains noirish elements - paranoia, subterfuge and, most of all, a gloomy sense of impending, implacable doom - the intentional murkiness of the plot thwarts any expectations of a conventional whodunit.

Nathaniel Rich, The New York Times, 17 February 2008, New York Times
reviewing Imre Kertesz's Detective Story. Amazon

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