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contrivance (scheme)

Definition:

an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

contrivances

Type of:

scheme » plan of action » plan » idea

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track

Synonyms:

dodge | stratagem

Etymology:

contrive + -ance
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of contrivance...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

stratagem

a plan or trick, especially one to deceive an enemy (10 of 406 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/stratagem

Merriam-Webster:

stratagem | artifice [synonym, sense-specific] | device [synonym, sense-specific] | dodge [synonym, sense-specific] | fetch [synonym, sense-specific] | flimflam [synonym, sense-specific] | gambit [synonym, sense-specific] | gimmick [synonym, sense-specific] | jig [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy ; a cleverly contrived trick or scheme for gaining an end | skill in ruses or ... (27 of 170 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/stratagem

Wikipedia:

Stratagem [disambiguation]

may also refer to: HMS Stratagem (P234), an S class submarine | "Stratagem" (Star Trek: Enterprise), an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise | Stratagems (book), by the 1st-century Roman author Frontinus | Stratagems (Greek: Στρατηγηματα), a... (33 of 112 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Stratagem

Oxford Dictionary:

stratagem

a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end | [archaic] : skill in devising plans or schemes; cunning. (24 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/stratagem

American Heritage Dictionary:

stratagem

A military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise an enemy. | A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective. (19 of 67 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stratagem

New World Dictionary:

stratagem

a trick, scheme, or plan for deceiving an enemy in war | any trick or scheme for achieving some purpose (19 of 54 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/stratagem

Random House Dictionary:

stratagem

a plan, scheme, or trick for surprising or deceiving an enemy. | any artifice, ruse, or trick devised or used to attain a goal or to gain an advantage ... (28 of 42 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/stratagem

Cambridge Dictionary:

stratagem

a carefully planned way of achieving or dealing with something, often involving a trick (14 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/stratagem

Macmillan British Dictionary:

stratagem [countable, formal] | stratagems [plural]

a plan for achieving something or for tricking someone (9 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/stratagem

Wiktionary:

stratagem | stratagems [plural]

A deceptive tactic designed to gain the upper hand. Typically, involves underhanded dealings and obfuscation. (15 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/stratagem

Britannica Encyclopedia:

strategy [military]

in warfare, the science or art of employing all the military, economic, political, and other resources of a country to achieve the objects of war. ... (25 of 1090 words, 28 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/568259​/strategy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

strategy and tactics | strategy | tactics | military science | naval science

in warfare, related terms referring, respectively, to large-scale and small-scale planning to achieve military success. Strategy may be defined as the ... (21 of 230 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0846898​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

stratagem | stratagems [plural]

a clever ruse or scheme that is designed to deceive others or achieve a goal | a military tactic or maneuver that is designed to deceive an enemy | ... (27 of 68 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715476​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

contrivance | contrivances [plural]

Origin: contrive + -ance

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contrivance

contrive | contrived [past tense] | contriving [present participle] | contrives [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English contreve ("to invent"), Old French controver (French controuver), from trover ("to find") (French trouver).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contrive

-ance

Origin: French -ance, from Latin -antia, -entia.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ance

Audio references

Wiktionary:

contrivance | contrivances [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contrivance"

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Collins Dictionary:

contrivance

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "contrivance"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/contrivance

Macmillan British Dictionary:

contrivance | contrivances [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "contrivance"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contrivance

Macmillan American Dictionary:

contrivance | contrivances [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contrivance"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/contrivance

Cambridge Dictionary:

contrivance [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "contrivance"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "contrivance"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/contrivance

the Free Dictionary:

contrivance

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "contrivance"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "contrivance"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "contrivance" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

contrivance | contrivances [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "contrivance"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

contrivance

Audio: North American pronunciation of "contrivance"

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YourDictionary Audio:

contrivance

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