Artifice

Definition of Artifice

Ar´ti`fice
n.1.A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
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. [Now the usual meaning.]
Those who were conscious of guilt employed numerous artifices for the purpose of averting inquiry.
- Macaulay.

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