Artifice definition

ärtə-fĭs
A sly or artful trick.
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Skill or ingenuity.
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Something contrived or made up to achieve an end, especially by deceiving; a stratagem or ruse.
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The definition of an artifice is a skill or craft that is clever but often manipulative or tricky.

An example of an artifice is the story a con artist uses to convince you to give him your money.

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Cleverness or ingenuity in making or doing something; art or skill.
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A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
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A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.
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Deception or trickery.

The purchaser believed that the product was new only by artifice of the seller.

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An artistic device or convention.

Artifices such as conceits and puns.

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A clever expedient.
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Trickery or craft.
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A tactical move to gain advantage.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
artifice
Plural:
artifices

Origin of artifice

  • French from Old French craftsmanship from Latin artificium from artifex artific- craftsman ars art- art art1 -fex maker dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Middle French artifice, from Latin artificium.

    From Wiktionary