What does artifice mean?

Definitions for artificeˈɑr tə fɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruse, artifice(noun)

    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)


  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.]


  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.]


  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

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