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Synonyms of 'artifice'

(noun) 
Definition
a clever trick
the artifice and illusion of sleight-of-hand card tricks
Synonyms
cunning
an example of the cunning of modern art thieves
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trick
That was a really mean trick.
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device
His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
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craft
They defeated their enemies through craft and cunning.
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tactic
His tactic to press on paid off.
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manoeuvre
manoeuvres to block the electoral process
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deception
You've been the victim of a rather cruel deception.
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hoax
His claim to have a bomb was a hoax.
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expedient
I reduced my spending by the simple expedient of destroying my credit cards.
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ruse
This was a ruse to divide them.
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guile
I love children's innocence and lack of guile.
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trickery
They will resort to trickery in order to impress their clients.
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duplicity
He was guilty of duplicity in his private dealings.
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subterfuge
Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
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stratagem
a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
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contrivance
It is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
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chicanery
The trial revealed a world of crime, corruption and political chicanery.
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wile
His wit and wile has made him one of the sharpest politicians in the Cabinet.
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craftiness
It all points to a criminal mind of almost diabolical craftiness.
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artfulness
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slyness
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machination
the political machinations that brought him to power
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dodge
It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
(noun) 
Definition
skill or cleverness
a combination of theatrical artifice and dazzling cinematic movement
Synonyms
cleverness
The artist demonstrates a cleverness with colours and textures.
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skill
The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
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facility
They shared a facility for languages.
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invention
powers of invention and mathematical ability
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ingenuity
This task is difficult and may require some ingenuity.
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inventiveness
He has surprised us before with his inventiveness.
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deftness
a player who combines deftness of touch with superb technique
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adroitness
He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname `old fox'.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of adroitness
He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname `old fox'.
Synonyms
artfulness,
quick-wittedness,
ingeniousness,
masterfulness,
ableness,
skilfulness,
in the sense of chicanery
Definition
trickery or deception
The trial revealed a world of crime, corruption and political chicanery.
Synonyms
cheating,
wiles,
stratagems,
chicane,
skulduggery (informal),
sharp practice,
deviousness,
wire-pulling (US),
underhandedness,
in the sense of contrivance
Definition
an elaborate or deceitful plan
It is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.

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