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
More example sentences
- 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'.