Definition of artifice in English:


Syllabification: ar·ti·fice
Pronunciation: /ˈärdəfəs


Clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive others: artifice and outright fakery the style is not free from the artifices of the period
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  • Wenders always wants it both ways: high artifice and incorruptible honesty.
  • A master at work, he commands the screen with an effortless ease and a complete lack of artifice or contrivance.
  • But Murakami's narration moves along calmly and without clutter or artifice.


late Middle English (in the sense 'workmanship'): from Old French, from Latin artificium, based on ars, art- 'art' + facere 'make'.

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