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See also: artífice
- A crafty but underhanded deception.
- A trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse.
- A strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture.
- A tactical move to gain advantage.
crafty but underhanded deception
- To construct by means of skill or specialised art
1867, Egbert Pomroy Watson, The Modern Practice of American Machinists and Engineers […]:
- The Creator has so cunningly endowed our bodies that there is no labor to be done, no skill in artificing or fashioning the metals, that is beyond our reach.
1900, Country Life, volume 7, page 138:
- Some of the greatest artists of their day either furnished designs or with their own hands artificed ornaments for domestic use,
1922, Appalachian Mountain Club, The A.M.C. White Mountain Guide: A Guide to Trails in the Mountains:
- Splints and slings, already described, are easily artificed out of small saplings or from stiff bark.
- artifice at OneLook Dictionary Search
- artifice in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
artifice m (plural artifices)
- “artifice” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).