I noun artifice, camouflage, chicane, chicanery, concealment, counterfeit, deception, deverticulum, device, dodge, duplicity, elusion, evasion, excuse, fabrication, falsehood, fib, fiction, finesse, forgery, guise, imposture, jugglery, latebra, lie, loophole, machination, maneuver, mask, plan, pretense, pretext, prevarication, ruse, sham, shift, smoke screen, sophistry, strategem, subtlety, trick, untruth II index artifice, bad faith, color (deceptive appearance), concealment, contrivance, cover (pretext), deception, evasion, excuse, expedient, false pretense, hoax, imposture, machination, maneuver (trick), pretense (pretext), pretext, ruse, scheme, stratagem

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A ploy to escape, evade, or conceal something; a deceitful means of accomplishing some goal.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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