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noun as in hoax; clever act

noun as in cunning; deception

noun as in skill, cleverness


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Limbro was excellent, and I kind of loved how the show made no attempt to justify its obvious artifice.

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Her large-scale photographs spike tired conventions of documentary portraiture with freewheeling artifice and invention.

Like all of the show’s greatest set pieces, it was a stunning fusion of high artifice and deeply felt emotion.

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It might seem out of place on our busy modern calendars — a day shorn, like Rogers’ Hallmark tree, of artifice and pomp.

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Liza’s authentic warmth is such a refreshing antidote to Halston’s chilly artifice that a full-on dual portrait might have worked better to deepen both characters.

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There is usually something transparent about the artifice required by famous artists trying to remain current.

Bratis, who trained in Athens, creates pieces of “femininity and pure elegance without artifice.”

Point of view is inconsistent and Berg employs enough obvious filmic artifice to keep reminding us we are watching dramatization.

“Faye always tried to advance his own idea of the institution by judicial artifice,” Lecourt told Le Monde.

The collection is by turn bizarre, hilarious, unpredictable, all of it without a single note of artifice.

He used every artifice to prevent a collision between the French and Neapolitan troops.

This way of owning Guilt in a wrong Place, is a common Artifice to hide it in a right one.

Artifice is always strictly subordinated, and the poet seems to sing spontaneously.

Then you would recommend rank rebellion, either by force or artifice, according as circumstances might require?

He listened, fascinated, incredulous, asking himself if human artifice could invent such a history.

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On this page you'll find 147 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to artifice, such as: contrivance, gimmick, con, device, dodge, and expedient.

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