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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.


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