Student Thesaurus

One entry found for artifice.
Entry Word: artifice
Function: noun
Text: 1 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end <used the artifice of saying his grandmother had died so that he could get the last seat on the plane> -- see TRICK 1
2 skill in achieving one's ends through indirect, subtle, or underhanded means <using their artifice, the Greeks crafted a hollow wooden horse to hide inside and thereby gained entry into the city of Troy> -- see CUNNING 1
3 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something <a painting that could only have been created with the artifice of a master> -- see SKILL 1
4 the inclination or practice of misleading others through lies or trickery <a crook who is a master of artifice and manipulation> -- see DECEIT
5 the use of clever underhanded actions to achieve an end <a wise counselor who can see through any knave's artifice> -- see TRICKERY