Vocab Presentation 6

Sydney Everett

Fill in the Blank!

When the Nazis searched her house during the Holocaust, Anne Frank hid in a _____________ to avoid being found and sent away.

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The Word

Subterfuge (n)

1) An artifice, device, or evasion to hide or avoid something, or to escape an outcome.

2) Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal

Related to the Word

Roots

SUB <L. "under"

fugere<L "to flee"

*Flee from the vision or knowledge of something/someone


Synonyms

deception

ploy

ruse

sham


Antonyms

honesty

openness

truthfulness

Fun Tips

Originated in Latin as Subterfugium

The prefix "sub" comes from Latin, but as English came out of Latin many words with "sub" in it became "sur". The pronunciation changed, so that led to a spelling change.

Practice

Choose the sentence with the word used incorrectly.

1) The CIA agent was skilled in the art of subterfuge.

2) Disney characters use masks as a subterfuge to convince little kids that they are the real character, and not an actor.

3) Hannah Montana was Miley Ray Stuart's subterfuge so she could still live the best of both worlds.

4) The Judge thanked the witness for giving honest and reliable subterfuge when they testified under oath.