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

 

artifice

 noun
noun
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 Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘workmanship’): from Old French, from Latin artificium, based on ars, art- ‘art’ + facere ‘make’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: artifice