Meaning of ARTIFICE
|Pronunciation: || ||'ârtufis|
| ||Definition:|| |
[n] a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
ARTIFICE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.
| ||Synonyms:|| ||ruse|
| ||See Also:|| ||maneuver, manoeuvre, tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre|
|Webster's 1913 Dictionary|
| ||Definition:|| |
\Ar"ti*fice\, n. [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer;
ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. artifice.]
1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making. [Obs.]
2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
The material universe.. in the artifice of God, the
artifice of the best Mechanist. --Cudworth.
3. Artful or skillful contrivance.
His [Congreve's] plots were constructed without much
4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick.
Note: [Now the usual meaning.]
Those who were conscious of guilt employed
numerous artifices for the purpose of averting
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