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artifice


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Artifice  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  artifice 
  n  :  a  deceptive  maneuver  (especially  to  avoid  capture)  [syn:  {ruse}] 




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