Artifice meaning

är'tə-fĭs
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A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
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A tactical move to gain advantage.
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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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Skill or ingenuity.
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A clever expedient.
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Trickery or craft.
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A sly or artful trick.
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A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.
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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