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Artifice meaning

artifice - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
  2. 2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
  3. 3. Artful or skillful contrivance.
  4. 4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. [ Now the usual meaning.]
  5. 5. Artful contrivance; device.

artifice - examples of usage

  1. A contrivance or device may be either good or bad. A cheat is a mean advantage in a bargain; a fraud, any form of covert robbery or injury. Imposture is a deceitful contrivance for securing charity, credit, or consideration. A stratagem or maneuver may be of the good against the bad, as it were a skilful movement of war. A wile is usually but not necessarily evil.
  2. It is a Bible exquisitely illuminated, with a letter attached, by some pretty silken artifice, to the blank leaves at the end.
  3. It would be quite easy to pretend that the two persons who came to him in the vision, actually entered the office and that he thought them regular customers or something of that sort, while at the end of the story, when everybody was bewildered, the whole matter might be explained by announcing the fact that it was all a dream, but this account being a true and honest one, no such artifice will be used and at the very beginning the admission is made that John was the victim of a vision.
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