meaning of ARTIFICE

ARTIFICE meaning in General Dictionary

A handicraft a trade art of earning

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  • a deceptive maneuver (especially in order to avoid capture)
  • A handicraft; a trade; art of earning.
  • Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
  • Artful or skillful contrivance.
  • Crafty product; an artful, innovative, or sophisticated technique. [Now the typical definition.]

ARTIFICE meaning in Law Dictionary

This term applies to any technique or a cunning device that is used.


ARTIFICE meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1530s, "workmanship, the making of any such thing by art or skill," from Middle French artifice "skill, cunning" (14c.), from Latin artificium "a profession, trade, work, art; making by art," from artifex (genitive artificis) "craftsman, singer," from stem of ars "art" (see art (letter.)) + facere "do" (see factitious). Meaning "device, technique" (the usual modern-day sense) is from 1650s.


ARTIFICE - French to English

stylistic device


ARTIFICE meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A handicraft; a trade; art of creating.

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  • (letter.) Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
  • (letter.) Artful or skillful contrivance.
  • (letter.) Crafty unit; an artful, ingenious, or fancy trick. [Now the usual meaning.]

Sentence Examples with the word ARTIFICE

The style of the whole book is nervous, vivid, free from artifice and rhetoric, obeying the writer's thought with absolute plasticity.

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