2 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Artifice \Ar"ti*fice\, noun [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer;
ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. artifice.]
1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making. [Obs.]
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
4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick.
Note: [Now the usual meaning.]
Those who were conscious of guilt employed
numerous artifices for the purpose of averting
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
1: a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture) [syn:
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