artifice

Definitions

  • Joab's Artifice
    Joab's Artifice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n artifice a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Artifice A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
    • Artifice Artful or skillful contrivance. "His [Congreve's] plots were constructed without much artifice ."
    • Artifice Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. Now the usual meaning "Those who were conscious of guilt employed numerous artifices for the purpose of averting inquiry."
    • Artifice Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work. "The material universe . . . in the artifice of God, the artifice of the best Mechanist."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n artifice The art of making.
    • n artifice An ingenious or skilfully contrived work.
    • n artifice Skill in designing and employing expedients; artful contrivance; address; trickery.
    • n artifice A crafty device; an ingenious expedient; trick; shift; piece of finesse.
    • n artifice Synonyms Artifice, Manæuver, Stratagem, Wile, Trick, Ruse, Finesse, device, contrivance, cunning, craft, deception, cheat, fraud, guile, imposition, dodge, subterfuge, double-dealing. These words generally imply a careful endeavor to compass an end by deceiving others, not necessarily, however, with evil intent. They all imply management and address. An artifice is prepared with art or care; it is craftily devised. Manæuver suggests something more elaborate or intricate, a carefully contrived movement or course of action for a definite purpose; it is the quiet or secret marshaling of one's intellectual or other resources to carry a point. Stratagem is, like manæuver, a figurative term drawn from war; it is upon a larger scale what wile is upon a smaller, a device to deceive one who is the object of an imagined warfare, so that we may catch him at a disadvantage and discomfit him, or, more generally, a carefully prepared plan to carry one's point with another—to capture it or him, so to speak. A wile may be peculiarly coaxing or insinuating. Trick is the lowest and most dishonorable of these words; it may be a low or underhand act, in violation of honor or propriety, for the purpose of cheating, or something as bad. A ruse is a deception of some elaborateness, intended to cover one's intentions, help one to escape from a predicament, etc.; it is a plausible way of bringing about what we desire to happen, without apparent interference on our part. Finesse is subtlety in action; it is a more delicate sort of artifice. See artful, evasion, and fraud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Artifice art′i-fis artificer's work: a contrivance: a trick or fraud
    • v.t Artifice and v.i. Artific′ialise, to render artificial
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Quotations

  • Laura Riding
    Laura Riding
    “Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Man is the artificer of his own happiness.”
  • James Joyce
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    “Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. artificium, fr. artifex, artificer; ars, artis, art + facere, to make: cf. F. artifice,

Usage

In literature:

Then shrewd women began to study artifice.
"Woman: Man's Equal" by Thomas Webster
I believe the Families of the Artificers will thank me, more than the Households of the Peasants shall Sir ROGER.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
And then I began to account for it, as an innocent artifice.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
Woe to the orator if calculation and artifice be divined in his speech!
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
These feminine artifices were to throw the coming father off his scent.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
But this is an artifice to divert pursuit.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
For this he has been quite properly laughed at by Dr. Holmes, because he has resorted to an artifice and has failed to create an illusion.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
All artificers and laborers hired by the day or week shall work from 5 am to 7 PM.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
He with Rig Jarl in runes contended, artifices practised, and superior proved; then acquired Rig to be called, and skilled in runes.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
As a preliminary essay, Jenks resolved to try force combined with artifice.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
They are the most skilled artificers in silk and purple cloth throughout Greece.
"The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela" by Benjamin of Tudela
Each has added some myth, or sophistry, or delusive artifice to its direct observation.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Accordingly our wages attract artificers from all parts of the world.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The petulant tone was merely an artifice.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
The makeshifts and artifices of the theatre have to be met half-way, and indulgently accepted.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
Not a little artifice was still requisite to quell the indignant passions which were rising in the bosoms of the nobles.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
I shall have to destroy him by artifice.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The divine Artificer hath sung of him as the Supreme Energy, the Supreme Felicity, and the Supreme Truth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Trace them through all their artifices, frauds, and violences, you can find nothing at all that is new.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Morning and evening it was our one bugbear, and we would avoid it, as indeed children generally will, by every artifice which we could employ.
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
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In poetry:

Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
Steel-true and blade-straight,
The great artificer
Made my mate.
"My Wife" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Each nice artificer complains
(Though he has finish'd them with pains)
That none his curious works will buy,
And that for hunger he must die.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
When we to such a pass were brought,
By Satan's artifice, that nought
Besides cou'd save; God deign'd to give
His Son, lost mortals to reprieve.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
For such a tempering task,
heat furnace of paradox
in an artifice of ice;
make love and logic mix,
and remember, if tedious risk
seems to jeopardize this:
"Notes To A Neophyte" by Sylvia Plath
No word-mosaic artificer, he sang
A lofty song of lowly weal and dole.
Right from the heart, right to the heart it sprang,
Or from the soul leapt instant to the soul.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
But inacceptable was the sacrifice,
Someone among the strong and the just had surely
Unmingled the malice and the artifice
In the skeins of a lying pride involved obscurely.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937–1952 by Allen Ginsberg ,edited by Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton and Bill Morgan Da Capo, 523 pp.
With 'Anna Karenina' opening, a look at 5 stylized films where artifice is part of the art.
Truth and artifice propel history and 'The Scottsboro Boys' musical at A.C.T.
ADF / Reviews ADF 2012: The sincere artifice of Monica Bill Barnes and Company.
True/False Film Festival Explores Art And Artifice .
John Jasperse and Nicholas Leichter View Artifice Through Different Lenses.
It's only a small step away: Since everyone's already singing, why not acknowledge the artifice and embrace that otherworldliness for theatrical effect.
An artifice or trick in war for deceiving and outwitting the enemy.
Deception by artifice or stratagem in order to conceal, escape, or evade.
Visitors walking through the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park will discover a tranquil environment of both natural beauty and artifice.
True/False Film Festival Explores Art And Artifice.
American Elsewhere has this very nostalgic feel, while also demonstrating that nostalgia is mostly artifice.
Story gets lost amid all the staging and artifice.
If green is more to your liking than silver or gold, simplicity more compelling than artifice, then let nature do the decorating this year.
Photographer Reiner Riedler's series Fake Holidays, currently on view at Clerveaux-cité de l'image, examines the human obsession with artifice, specifically when it comes to travel and entertainment.
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In science:

The reader can find them in Appendix B, where it is possible to estimate the tolerance of diameters and uncertainties. It seems that the artificer used a tolerance 0.1 mm and a nondecimal system of measures.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
In Table II, the values from the right column of Table B1 had been used. It seems that the artificer that created the dodecahedron found at Avenches used a tolerance lower than 0.2 mm in a non-decimal system of measure.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
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