V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. clever deception; 2. the use of clever maneuvers or tricks

Synonyms: scheme, maneuver, trick, deceit, cunning, subterfuge, trickery

Antonyms: honesty, sincerity

Tips: Artifice originated from the Latin stem word art, meaning "skill." Today, it implies skill in the "art of deception."

Usage Examples:

Bob's well-planned artifice ensured that he was never caught stealing money from the safe. (dishonest scheme)

He employed clever artifice to manipulate the unsuspecting woman. (deceit, trickery)

His artifice couldn't work for long, and eventually he would be caught. (trickery, cunning)

They had bought wholly into his ploy, never suspecting that they had played into his artifice. (scheme, trick)

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