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Meaning of ARTIFICE

Pronunciation:  '├órtufis

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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
         artifice.                             --Craik.

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
            inquiry.                           --Macaulay.

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