artifice definition

  • noun:
    • An artful or crafty expedient; a stratagem. See Synonyms at wile.
    • Subtle but base deception; trickery.
    • Cleverness or ability; ingenuity.
    • A crafty but underhanded deception.
    • A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
    • A strategic maneuver that makes use of some clever means to prevent recognition or capture.
    • A tactical relocate to gain benefit.
    • A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
    • craftsmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
    • Artful or skillful contrivance.
    • Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or sophisticated technique. [Now the usual meaning.]
    • . The art of making.
    • An ingenious or skilfully contrived work.
    • Skill in designing and using expedients; artful contrivance; address; trickery.
    • A crafty unit; a nifty little expedient; technique; shift; bit of finesse.
    • Synonyms Artifice, Manæuver, Stratagem, Wile, Trick, Ruse, Finesse, product, contrivance, cunning, art, deception, cheat, fraud, guile, imposition, dodge, subterfuge, double-dealing. These terms typically imply a careful endeavor to compass a finish by deceiving other individuals, not, however, with wicked intent. They all imply administration and target. An artifice is prepared with art or care; it is craftily developed. Manæuver indicates one thing much more sophisticated or complex, a carefully contrived activity or course of action for an absolute purpose; it's the quiet or key marshaling of one's intellectual or any other resources to carry a spot. Stratagem is, like manæuver, a figurative term drawn from war; it is upon a bigger scale exactly what wile is upon a smaller, a tool to deceive one that is the object of an imagined warfare, in order that we might get him at a disadvantage and discomfit him, or, more generally speaking, a carefully ready want to carry your point with another—to capture it or him, as they say. A wile may be peculiarly coaxing or insinuating. Trick is the cheapest and a lot of dishonorable of these terms; it might be a low or underhand work, in breach of honor or propriety, for the intended purpose of cheating, or something as bad. A ruse is a deception of some elaborateness, intended to cover a person's objectives, help anyone to getting away from a predicament, etc.; it really is a plausible means of bringing about what we want to occur, without evident interference on our part. Finesse is subtlety in action; it really is a far more fine kind of artifice. See artful, evasion, and fraud.
    • a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

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