There was no artifice to the question, no intent to make his dad look foolish.
Orwell needed a certain level of artifice to maintain verisimilitude.
While he photographed real-life situations, the degrees of staging nod, perhaps, to the artifice of advertising tableaux.
Where Raphael constructed ideal women and made them seem normal and necessary, Dürer constructs ideal works of art and artifice.
He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.
Inaccuracy in detail and artifice in the arrangement of isolated peoples are inevitable in such a scheme.
There 'was no painful change to be concealed by any artifice.
The artifice is visible—I mean the industrious mechanism of their construction.
But when probity fails, a little ingenuity and artifice will do quite as well.
You have artifice instead of feeling, and conceits and often downright fustian instead of heart, soul, and human passion.
1530s, "workmanship, the making of anything by craft or skill," from Middle French artifice "skill, cunning" (14c.), from Latin artificium "a profession, trade, employment, craft; making by art," from artifex (genitive artificis) "craftsman, artist," from ars "art" (see art (n.)) + facere "do" (see factitious). Meaning "device, trick" (the usual modern sense) is from 1650s.