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artifice


artifice

noun

Definition of ARTIFICE

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>
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>

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