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Synonyms for artifice
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ruse, artifice(noun)

    a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

    Synonyms:
    ruse

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. artifice

    A contrivance or device may be either good or bad. A cheat is a mean advantage in a bargain; a fraud, any form of covert robbery or injury. Imposture is a deceitful contrivance for securing charity, credit, or consideration. A stratagem or maneuver may be of the good against the bad, as it were a skilful movement of war. A wile is usually but not necessarily evil.

    E'en children followed with endearing wile.

    Goldsmith Deserted Village, l. 184.

    A trick is often low, injurious, and malicious; we say a mean trick; the word is sometimes used playfully with less than its full meaning. A ruse or a blind may be quite innocent and harmless. An artifice is a carefully and delicately prepared contrivance for doing indirectly what one could not well do directly. A device is something studied out for promoting an end, as in a mechanism; the word is used of indirect action, often, but not necessarily directed to an evil, selfish, or injurious end. Finesse is especially subtle contrivance, delicate artifice, whether for good or evil. Compare FRAUD.

    Synonyms:
    art, blind, cheat, contrivance, craft, cunning, device, dodge, finesse, fraud, guile, imposture, invention, machination, maneuver, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    artlessness, candor, fairness, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, innocence, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. artifice

    Synonyms:
    manoeuvre, cheat, wile, contrivance, craft, trick, fraud, machination, punning, imposture, stratagem

    Antonyms:
    fairness, candor, simplicity, openness

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. artifice(n)

    Synonyms:
    stratagem, finesse, craft, guile, subtlety, wile, machination, ruse, diplomacy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    gimmick, firework

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How to use artifice in a sentence?

  1. Samuel Johnson, Rasselas:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

  2. W. Somerset Maugham:

    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.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.

  4. Jean Baudrillard:

    Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony -- this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Firework / feu d'artifice "est un merveilleux autonomisation hymne par Katy Perry, à mon avis. cette chanson très inspirante est dirigée exclusivement vers la plupart des gens avec un potentiel inexploité et non réalisés. dit la chanson haut et fort que chacun de nous est essentiellement un feu d'artifice, qui peut sembler ordinaire, inefficaces, laid, ou recouverts dans un emballage insignifiante. et pourtant, lorsque la situation droit naît, comme une flamme portée à un fusible, ils se enflammer et montrer comment incroyable, extraordinaire, et belle chacun d'eux est dans la réalité. ce un trop génial et puissant message positif, et si vrai!


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