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Definition of "artifice" []

  • An artful or crafty expedient; a stratagem. See Synonyms at wile. (noun)
  • Subtle but base deception; trickery. (noun)
  • Cleverness or skill; ingenuity. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "artifice" in a sentence
  • "But thinking through the poem's artifice is only one way into it, and on the poem's own terms it is not necessarily a better path than the one pointed to by the rhetorical question of the"
  • "This declaration of artifice is to the point because it both invests in the power of representation and recognizes its limitations."
  • "Maybe so, but I think there's also a sense in which readers of fantastic fiction become attuned to these irrationalities, such that when realist writers do introduce them as purportedly naturalistic events, the artifice is obvious."