Artifice Ar"ti*fice, n. [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer; ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. artifice.] 1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work. [1913 Webster]

The material universe . . . in the artifice of God, the artifice of the best Mechanist. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

3. Artful or skillful contrivance. [1913 Webster]

His [Congreve's] plots were constructed without much artifice. --Craik. [1913 Webster]

4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick.

Note: [Now the usual meaning.] [1913 Webster]

Those who were conscious of guilt employed numerous artifices for the purpose of averting inquiry. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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