artifice Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
, fr. artifex
, art + facere
to make: cf. F. artifice
- A handicraft; a trade; art of making. Obs.
- Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
The material universe.. in the artifice of God, the artifice of the best Mechanist.
- Artful or skillful contrivance.
His [Congreve's] plots were constructed without much artifice.
- Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. Now the usual meaning.
Those who were conscious of guilt employed numerous artifices for the purpose of averting inquiry.
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