Clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive others: an industry dominated by artifice [count noun]: 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.
trickery, deviousness, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, artfulness, wiliness, craft, craftiness, evasion, slyness, chicanery, intrigue, subterfuge, strategy, bluff, pretence; fraud, fraudulence, sophistry, sharp practicedevice, trick, stratagem, ploy, tactic, ruse, scheme, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, wile, dodge; swindle, hoax, fraud, confidence trick
British informal wheeze
South African informal schlenter
British informal , dated flanker
late Middle English (in the sense 'workmanship'): from Old French, from Latin artificium, based on ars, art- 'art' + facere 'make'.