A handicraft a trade art of earning
- 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.]
This term applies to any technique or a cunning device that is used.
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.
(n.) A handicraft; a trade; art of creating.
- (letter.) Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
- (letter.) Artful or skillful contrivance.
- (letter.) Crafty unit; an artful, ingenious, or fancy trick. [Now the usual meaning.]
The style of the whole book is nervous, vivid, free from artifice and rhetoric, obeying the writer's thought with absolute plasticity.