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Definition of artifice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    artifice

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈɑrt̮əfɪs//
     
    [uncountable, countable] (formal)
     
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  1. 1the use of intelligent or dishonest tricks to cheat someone synonym cunning
  2. 2 Pretending to faint was merely (an) artifice. the artifices of the theater
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: artifice