Definition of artifice :
1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
2. Artful or skillful contrivance.
3. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. [ Now the usual meaning.]
4. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
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.
- She became a young lady of fortune, in love with Robert, and concealed by the artifice of the offending gentleman whom Robert had challenged. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
- This artifice of Servien united the Prince to the Cardinal, because he found himself obliged to defend himself against the Frondeurs, who, as he believed, sought to assassinate him. - "The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete", Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz.