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Word of the Day
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Definitions for artifice

  1. Cleverness or skill; ingenuity; inventiveness.
  2. An ingenious or artful device or expedient.
  3. An artful trick or stratagem.

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Citations for artifice
Built by design and artifice, it fell apart in confusion and chaos. John Gray, False Dawn
This theatricality is necessary to signal Prospero's farewell to magic, and indeed the play debates that very contrast between artifice and reality, illusion and truth. Amy Rosenthal, New Statesman
Origin of artifice
Artifice comes from artificium, from artifex, artific-, "artificer, craftsman," from Latin ars, art-, "art" + facere, "to make." It is related to artificial.