What does artifice mean?

Definitions for artifice
ˈɑr tə fɪsar·ti·fice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruse, artificenoun

    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)


  1. artificenoun

    A crafty but underhanded deception.

    Etymology: From artifice < artificium.

  2. artificenoun

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

    Etymology: From artifice < artificium.

  3. artificenoun

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

    Etymology: From artifice < artificium.

  4. artificenoun

    A tactical move to gain advantage.

    Etymology: From artifice < artificium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Artificenoun

    a handicraft; a trade; art of making

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

  2. Artificenoun

    workmanship; a skillfully contrived work

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

  3. Artificenoun

    artful or skillful contrivance

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

  4. Artificenoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. artifice

    Among the French, is understood as comprehending everything which enters the composition of fire-works, as the sulphur, saltpetre, charcoal, etc. See Pyrotechnics.

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  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

Examples of artifice in a Sentence

  1. Patrick McHenry:

    Her projection of strength is a bit of an artifice.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Firework / feu d'artifice "est un merveilleux autonomisation hymne par Katy Perry, à mon avis. cette chanson très inspirante est dirigée exclusivement vers la plupart des gens avec un potentiel inexploité et non réalisés. dit la chanson haut et fort que chacun de nous est essentiellement un feu d'artifice, qui peut sembler ordinaire, inefficaces, laid, ou recouverts dans un emballage insignifiante. et pourtant, lorsque la situation droit naît, comme une flamme portée à un fusible, ils se enflammer et montrer comment incroyable, extraordinaire, et belle chacun d'eux est dans la réalité. ce un trop génial et puissant message positif, et si vrai!

  3. 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.

  4. Alexis Rodrguez-Duarte:

    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.

  5. 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.

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