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ar·ti·fice

 (är′tə-fĭs)
n.
1.
a. Deception or trickery: The purchaser believed that the product was new only by artifice of the seller.
b. Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse: "From the beginning, 'compassionate conservatism' was an artifice designed to mask Bush's conservatism from an electorate that did not want a sharp rightward turn" (Jonathan Chait). See Synonyms at wile.
2.
a. Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill: "Literary artifice is the only means that a writer has at his disposal. How else can he convey his impression of life?" (Harry Levin).
b. An artistic device or convention: artifices such as conceits and puns.

[French, from Old French, craftsmanship, from Latin artificium, from artifex, artific-, craftsman : ars, art-, art; see art1 + -fex, maker; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

artifice

(ˈɑːtɪfɪs)
n
1. a clever expedient; ingenious stratagem
2. crafty or subtle deception
3. skill; cleverness
4. a skilfully contrived device
5. obsolete craftsmanship
[C16: from Old French, from Latin artificium skill, from artifex one possessed of a specific skill, from ars skill + -fex, from facere to make]

ar•ti•fice

(ˈɑr tə fɪs)

n.
1. a clever trick or stratagem.
2. trickery; guile; craftiness.
3. cleverness; ingenuity.
4. a skillful or artful contrivance or expedient.
[1525–35; < Anglo-French < Latin artificium craftsmanship, art, craftiness]
syn: See trick.

artifice

1. skill, ingenuity, or craftiness.
2. Obsolete, the command of a learned trade or skill.
See also: Skill and Craft
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artifice - a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)artifice - a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end

artifice

noun
2. cleverness, skill, facility, invention, ingenuity, finesse, inventiveness, deftness, adroitness a combination of theatrical artifice and dazzling cinematic movement

artifice

noun
1. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations

artifice

[ˈɑːtɪfɪs] N
1. (= cunning) → habilidad f, ingenio m
2. (= trick) → artificio m, ardid m; (= strategem) → estratagema f

artifice

[ˈɑːrtɪfɪs] nruse f

artifice

n
(= guile)List f no pl
(= stratagem)(Kriegs)list f

artifice

[ˈɑːtɪfɪs] n (frm) (cunning) → abilità, destrezza; (trick) → artificio
References in classic literature ?
But there are better chairs than this,--mahogany, black walnut, rosewood, spring-seated and damask-cushioned, with varied slopes, and innumerable artifices to make them easy, and obviate the irksomeness of too tame an ease,--a score of such might be at Judge Pyncheon's service.
At length, little Jane perceiving its young brains to be imperilled, softly left her place, and with many small artifices coaxed the dangerous weapon away.
And, in fine, of false sciences I thought I knew the worth sufficiently to escape being deceived by the professions of an alchemist, the predictions of an astrologer, the impostures of a magician, or by the artifices and boasting of any of those who profess to know things of which they are ignorant.
I am not willing that a compatriot, a handsome cavalier, a brave youth, quite fit to make his way, should become the dupe of all these artifices and fall into the snare after the example of so many others who have been ruined by it.
It was one of the Gascon's artifices to hide his deep cunning occasionally under an appearance of rough loyalty.
The consort of Governor Shute, moreover, had been as a mother to her childhood, and was now anxious to receive her, in the hope that a beautiful young woman would be exposed to infinitely less peril from the primitive society of New England than amid the artifices and corruptions of a court.
Little did she understand the artifices of the selfish and calculating, one of the most familiar of their frauds being to conceal from the skillful their own success, lest it should command a price in proportion to its claims.
Obviously, a humbug, thinking only of winning his little race, would stand a chance of profiting by his artifices.
Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden--what a sorry, set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear
The trade was injured by their artifices to outbid and undermine each other; the Indians were debauched by the sale of spirituous liquors, which had been prohibited under the French rule.
Volumnia, growing with the flight of time pinker as to the red in her face, and yellower as to the white, reads to Sir Leicester in the long evenings and is driven to various artifices to conceal her yawns, of which the chief and most efficacious is the insertion of the pearl necklace between her rosy lips.
She mixed up hostilities with compliments addressed to the king, and questions as to his health, with little maternal flatteries and diplomatic artifices.