Definitions for artificeˈɑr tə fɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruse, artifice(noun)

    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

Wiktionary

  1. artifice(Noun)

    A crafty but underhanded deception.

  2. artifice(Noun)

    A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.

  3. artifice(Noun)

    A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.

  4. artifice(Noun)

    A tactical move to gain advantage.

  5. Origin: From artifice < artificium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Artifice(noun)

    a handicraft; a trade; art of making

  2. Artifice(noun)

    workmanship; a skillfully contrived work

  3. Artifice(noun)

    artful or skillful contrivance

  4. Artifice(noun)

    crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. [Now the usual meaning.]

  5. Origin: [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer; ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. artifice.]

Freebase

  1. Artifice

    Founded in 2009, Artifice Magazine is a quarterly nonprofit literary magazine based in Chicago, Illinois which showcases fiction, non-fiction and poetry that is "aware of its own artifice." Its founding editor and current editor-in-chief is James Tadd Adcox. The goal of the publication is to trace the postmodern literary movement which originated in the 1960s and is influencing literary work today. In 2011 Artifice Magazine was awarded a City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant. In 2010, Artifice was awarded the Best Submission Guidelines by Philistine Press for the Artifice wishlist," which requests such submissions as "3 of the saddest sentences ever written," "1 geometrical proof," "2 fits, 2 starts," "4 labyrinths created using parentheses, footnotes, endnotes, etc," and "something that includes a Greek chorus." The magazine is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses. Artifice Magazine is a division of Artifice Books, a small press. Artifice Books' first project, released in 2012, was "EXITS ARE," an e-book by Mike Meginnis, published in conjunction with Uncanny Valley.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Artifice

    art′i-fis, n. artificer's work: a contrivance: a trick or fraud.—n. Artif′icer, a workman: an inventor.—adj. Artificial (ärt-i-fish′yal), made by art: not natural: cultivated: not indigenous: feigned: not natural in manners, affected.—v.t. and v.i. Artific′ialise, to render artificial.—ns. Artificial′ity, Artific′ialness.—adv. Artific′ially. [L. artificiumartifex, -ficis, an artificer—ars, artis, and facĕre, to make.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of artifice in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of artifice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gabrid Garcia Marquez:

    The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good and thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burdens of the past.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

  4. Samuel Johnson, Rasselas:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

  5. Jean Baudrillard:

    Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.

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