See also: artífice
- A crafty but underhanded deception.
- 2021 November 21, Charles Hugh Smith, When Everything Is Artifice and PR, Collapse Beckons:
- The notion that consequence can be as easily managed as PR is the ultimate artifice and the ultimate delusion.
- A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
- 2021 September 22, Caroline Siede, “Dear Evan Hansen is a misfire on just about every level”, in AV Club:
- The heightened worlds of darkly comedic satire and soapy high-school romance make it easy enough to roll with unrealistic casting choices—and that goes for stage musicals, too, where some level of artifice is built into the format.
- A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.
- A tactical move to gain advantage.
- (archaic) Something made with technical skill; a contrivance.
crafty but underhanded deception
A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse
- To construct by means of skill or specialised art
- 1867, Egbert Pomroy Watson, The Modern Practice of American Machinists and Engineers […] :
- The Creator has so cunningly endowed our bodies that there is no labor to be done, no skill in artificing or fashioning the metals, that is beyond our reach.
- 1900, Country Life, volume 7, page 138:
- Some of the greatest artists of their day either furnished designs or with their own hands artificed ornaments for domestic use,
- 1922, Appalachian Mountain Club, The A.M.C. White Mountain Guide: A Guide to Trails in the Mountains:
- Splints and slings, already described, are easily artificed out of small saplings or from stiff bark.
- artifice at OneLook Dictionary Search
- artifice in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
artifice m (plural artifices)
- “artifice” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).