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Definition of Artifice


  1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
  2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
  3. Artful or skillful contrivance.
  4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick. [Now the usual meaning.]

Artifice Quotations

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
Wallace Stevens

Art lies by its own artifice.

I love glamour and artificial beauty. I love the idea of artifice and dressing up and makeup and hair.
Dita Von Teese

The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.
Jean Baudrillard

I don't have stylistic loyalty. That's why people perceive me changing all the time. But there is a real continuity in my subject matter. As an artist of artifice, I do believe I have more integrity than any one of my contemporaries.
David Bowie
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Artifice Translations

artifice in French is dispositif
artifice in German is Kunstgriff, Vorrichtung
artifice in Italian is disposizione
artifice in Spanish is dispositivo, artificio
artifice in Swedish is knep, list
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