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contrivance (kənˈtraɪvəns Pronunciation for contrivance



  1. something contrived, esp an ingenious device; contraption
  2. the act or faculty of devising or adapting; inventive skill or ability
  3. an artificial rather than natural selection or arrangement of details, parts, etc
  4. an elaborate or deceitful plan or expedient; stratagem

Example Sentences Including 'contrivance'

But the way he shuffles off this mortal coil is too much of a plot contrivance , even for a romantic comedy.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Despite the contrivance of a somewhat clever academic and inclusive theme, this important exhibition simply does not bed down happily.
Misc (1999)
However, rather than delve beneath the pretence, Treasure Island Live adds extra layers of contrivance to the proceedings.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
In truth, no `nice" contrivance needed, since I've actually had a lovely week.
Independent (1998)
It seemed almost contrived, but he had not been part of any contrivance !
Tepper, Sheri S. A Plague of Angels
My talents, dearest, lie in the contrivance of policy and, dare I say, its administration.
Bernard Cornwell SHARPE'S TRAFALGAR (2001)
The drum catapulted and bowled over the Vicar who lay on his back in the middle of the drive with the contrivance on top of him.
Secombe, Fred Goodbye Curate
`I wonder if this is a contrivance of the Enemy,' said Boromir.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)


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