Definition of artifice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɑːtɪfɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːrtɪfɪs//
[uncountable, countable] (formal)
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the clever use of tricks to cheat somebody synonym cunning Pretending to faint was merely (an) artifice. the artifices of the theatre Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘workmanship’): from Old French, from Latin artificium, based on ars, art- ‘art’ + facere ‘make’.
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