Definition of Artifice

1. Noun. A deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture).

Exact synonyms: Ruse
Generic synonyms: Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Tactical Maneuver, Tactical Manoeuvre

Definition of Artifice

1. n. A handicraft; a trade; art of making.

Definition of Artifice

1. Noun. A crafty but underhanded deception. ¹

2. Noun. A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse. ¹

3. Noun. A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture. ¹

4. Noun. A tactical move to gain advantage. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Artifice

1. a clever stratagem [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Artifice

articulator
articulators
articulatory
articulatory system
articulography
articulostat
articulus
artier
arties
artiest
artifact
artifactitious
artifacts
artifactual
artifical
artifice (current term)
artificer
artificers
artifices
artificial
artificial-intelligence
artificial Carlsbad salt
artificial Kissingen salt
artificial Vichy salt
artificial active immunity
artificial additive
artificial anatomy
artificial ankylosis
artificial anus
artificial anuses

Literary usage of Artifice

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1. English Pageantry: An Historical Outline by Robert Withington (1918)
"The elaborate machines on this occasion recalls the pageant, although the latter was not usually made the basis of " feux d'artifice. ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law of Crimes by William Lawrence Clark, William Lawrence Marshall, Herschel Bouton Lazell (1905)
"... law regards an entry as a constructive breaking, when there is no breaking at all in the popular sense of the word.4' (2~) Entry by artifice or Fraud. ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence: Including the Rules Regulating by Harry Clay Underhill (1898)
"A free and voluntary confession is not inadmissible because it was subsequently retracted,30 or hecause it was originally obtained by an artifice practiced ..."

4. System of Positive Polity by Auguste Comte (1875)
"The corpuscular hypothesis, regarding it henceforth as a mere logical artifice, is, like the method of experiment, specially appropriate only to the first ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1888)
"... produced for him a pastoral operetta, ' The Shepherd's artifice,' '\ May ... artifice ..."

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