Definition of artifice:
wile, cunningness, blind, finesse, imposture, adroitness, duplicity, scheme, sneakiness, means, caginess, cunning, masterfulness, foxiness, artfulness, deftness, sleight, smoke and mirrors, guilefulness, misconduct, corruption, art, cheat, artistry, gambit, play, take-in, honest, fraud, cleverness, gamesmanship, cheating, crookery, subtleness, knack, fakery, cozenage, gimmick, skulduggery, deceitfulness, dupery, hanky-panky, legerdemain, chicane, wiliness, foul play, double-dealing, deceit, shenanigan, canniness, dissimulation, skillfulness, crookedness, dissembling, guile, jig, jugglery, deviousness, slickness, chicanery, adeptness, invention, flimflam, dishonesty, craftiness, slyness, subtlety, fetch, deceptiveness, jiggery-pokery, craft, juggle.
- skill (part of speech: noun)
- stratagem (part of speech: noun)
For although it has already been said, ladies, that vice is common to men and women alike, yet will a subtle artifice be more readily and adroitly devised by a woman than by a man Of this I am now about to give you an instance."- "The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.)", Margaret, Queen Of Navarre.
- "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- "The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete", Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz.