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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Subterfuge

SUB'TERFUGE, noun [Latin subter and fugio, to flee.] Literally, that to which a person resorts for escape or concealment; hence, a shift; an evasion; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct.

Affect not little shifts and subterfuges, to avoid the force of an argument.