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Definition a deceptive maneuver (a trick to help pretend)
  • found artifice where I hoped for sincerity
  • political artifice
  • ...a still bolder acknowledgment of artifice and make-believe: the rooster's crow, the train and factory whistles and school bells frankly man-made and in the spirit of "play."
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • artifice = a deceptive maneuver (a trick to help pretend)
  • Exposure by mechanical artifice (automatic bed) or individual testimony (concealed ocular witnesses), not yet.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But artifice was necessary, he had found, for stemming the cold and inhumane blast of the world's contempt.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • It's no secret, actually, all my friends know it and they forgive the artifice.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But I suppose that's the way with such women: They wouldn't be minxes if they weren't masters of artifice and fraud.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • It was half breath, half music; it rose softly from the waters of the lake; and I was surrounded by it through I knew not what artifice.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Within it they lament for the artifice whereby the dead Deidamia still mourns for Achilles, and there for the Palladium they bear the penalty.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • They exceed the usual unjustified license of party artifice.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • One day I noticed there was no more skin to absently peel, just air where there'd been artifice.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • He knew that the ledges had not been touched, that no artifice had altered the unplanned beauty of the graded steps.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Her mother's face lost all its stiff artifice and her voice was surprisingly soft.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Her turning to that worthy lady was an artifice to bring her into the discussion, quarrel with her, and vanquish her.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It would be false, and there was no room for artifice.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • As long as no one succumbed to its artifice and unsickled it with a cigar.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • My eyes burn, and it's not artifice, unlike the wincing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Frederick's expression is entirely without artifice.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • One artifice succeeded with her to admiration.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The consequence is, that his national pride resorts to a thousand artifices, and to all the petty tricks of individual vanity.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1

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