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stratagem
used in The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

6 uses
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Definition
a planned way of achieving an end — especially in dealing with others and often involving deceit or some kind of trick
  • Now, however, change your song and tell us of the wooden horse which Epeus made with the assistance of Minerva, and which Ulysses got by stratagem into the fort of Troy after freighting it with the men who afterwards sacked the city.
    Book 8 (83% in)
  • Nine long years did we try every kind of stratagem, but the hand of heaven was against us; during all this time there was no one who could compare with your father in subtlety—if indeed you are his son—I can hardly believe my eyes—and you talk just like him too—no one would say that people of such different ages could speak so much alike.
    Book 3 (24% in)
  • " 'Can you show me,' said I, 'some stratagem by means of which I may catch this old god without his suspecting it and finding me out?
    Book 4 (46% in)
  • Then they went away, and I laughed inwardly at the success of my clever stratagem, but the Cyclops, groaning and in an agony of pain, felt about with his hands till he found the stone and took it from the door; then he sat in the doorway and stretched his hands in front of it to catch anyone going out with the sheep, for he thought I might be foolish enough to attempt this.
    Book 9 (74% in)
  • They want me to marry again at once, and I have to invent stratagems in order to deceive them.
    Book 19 (23% in)
  • You killed many a man in those days, and it was through your stratagem that Priam's city was taken.
    Book 22 (46% in)

There are no more uses of "stratagem" in The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler).

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