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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

Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
James Joyce

The intuitive connection children feel with animals can be a tremendous source of joy. The unconditional love received from pets, and the lack of artifice in the relationship, contrast sharply with the much trickier dealings with members of their own species.
Frans de Waal

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
William Bartram

Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.
Adrienne Rich

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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