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Definition something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
  • Subterfuges and deceptions.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Now stern Aeneas his weighty spear Against his foe, and thus upbraids his fear: "What farther subterfuge can Turnus find?
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • And suddenly, in the space of two minutes she achieved her victory and justified herself to herself without lie or subterfuge, cut the cord forever.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The woods, Miguel, and love were lost in the deep well of her terror and she resigned herself to facing her fate without subterfuge.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Why do you force me to idiotic subterfuges?" he exclaimed with sudden warmth.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The subterfuges people have used to get their parents here—wow, pretty ingenious.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • I think of subterfuges: examining his shirts for perfume, tailing him along the street, hiding in the closet and jumping out, red-hot with discovery.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Despite his subterfuge, Arya appeared unconvinced.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But I don't bother with any subterfuge—no sunglasses, no cap.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I knew only I was as powerfully drawn to him as before; and to some extent the words I spoke now were a subterfuge.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • I like a straightforward course, and am always reluctant to resort to subterfuges.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • And yet the very fact that Shakespeare had to use these subterfuges shows how widely his thoughts ranged.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • Is the subterfuge good enough, Machiavelli?
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • And thus I'd have a subterfuge on demand With which my conscience might muddle through In swearing to things that I knew weren't true.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • You'll get tired of this subterfuge.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • This subterfuge would be assisted by the fact of his staying at Corbin castle, instead of at the actual place of the tournament.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He endeavored to laugh her off, and then tried subterfuge, and lastly he cast off his mask and let her see his naked soul.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • And after all, bargains and subterfuge are a way of life for him.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • You are shocked that I have proposed a subterfuge.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • No subterfuge was necessary: immediately after eating, Raymond had gone back to his study.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River

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