stratagem (n.) "artifice, trick," late 15c., from M.Fr. stratagème "trick, especially to outwit an enemy," from It. stratagemma, from L. strategema "artifice, stratagem," from Gk. strategema "the act of a general, military stratagem," from strategein "to be a general, command," from strategos "general" (see STRATEGY (Cf. strategy)).

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