a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
A crafty but underhanded deception.
A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.
A tactical move to gain advantage.
Origin: From artifice < artificium.
a handicraft; a trade; art of making
workmanship; a skillfully contrived work
artful or skillful contrivance
crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. [Now the usual meaning.]
Origin: [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer; ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. 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
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. artificium—artifex, -ficis, an artificer—ars, artis, and facĕre, to make.]
The numerical value of artifice in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of artifice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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.
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.
They have a wonderful collaborative relationship that creates beautiful photographs, they work at the intersection of fashion and portraiture and conjure a special mix of artifice…Through this collection people will see the range of contributions Cuban-Americans have made to this society.
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.
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.
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