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artifice

[ ahr-tuh-fis ]
/ ˈɑr tə fɪs /
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noun

a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile.
trickery; guile; craftiness.
cunning; ingenuity; inventiveness: a drawing-room comedy crafted with artifice and elegance.
a skillful or artful contrivance or expedient.

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Origin of artifice

1525–35; <Anglo-French <Latin artificium craftsmanship, art, craftiness, equivalent to arti-, combining form of arsart1 + -fic-, combining form of facere to do1, make + -ium + -ium

synonym study for artifice

1. See trick. 2. See cunning.
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British Dictionary definitions for artifice

artifice
/ (ˈɑːtɪfɪs) /

noun

a clever expedient; ingenious stratagem
crafty or subtle deception
skill; cleverness
a skilfully contrived device
obsolete craftsmanship

Word Origin for artifice

C16: from Old French, from Latin artificium skill, from artifex one possessed of a specific skill, from ars skill + -fex, from facere to make
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