VCR Lesson 6

Amelia Lennard

Fill in the Blank

The basketball team used a _______________ to escape having to play the nationally ranked team in the first round by claiming to have multiple injured athletes.
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The word is...

subterfuge

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

Roots

sub <L. "under"

fugere <L. "to flee"

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Synonyms

deception

ploy

stratagem

sham

Antonyms

sincerity

honesty

fairness

There are no other forms.

Practice

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.


a. At the Masquerade Ball, the girls use masks as subterfuges to hide their identities until the end of the night.

b. The famed used the subterfuge to separate milk and cream in order to package it separately.

c. The getaway driver saved the robbers by providing a fast car as a subterfuge for their escape.

d. The children adopted a subterfuge to hide the frog they brought into the house by planning to keep it in the bathtub and feed it bugs that they collected from outside.