synonyms
  • definitions

contrivance

[ kuh n-trahy-vuh ns ]SEE DEFINITION OF contrivance
  • nounplan, fabrication
  • noungadget

Synonyms for contrivance

  • artifice
  • gimmick
  • ruse
  • angle
  • brainchild
  • coinage
  • design
  • dodge
  • expedient
  • formation
  • intrigue
  • invention
  • inventiveness
  • machination
  • measure
  • plot
  • project
  • scheme
  • slant
  • stratagem
  • switch
  • trick
  • twist
MOST RELEVANT

Antonyms for contrivance

  • ignorance
  • disorganization
MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONTRIVANCE

This expedition up the mountain was entirely of his contrivance.

The contrivance, if a contrivance, to get me away, so insolently mean!

Then he began to experiment, with some rude apparatus of his own contrivance.

It was by his contrivance the girl had been sent from India.

Please, however, to note the contrivance which I adopt whenever I am in a difficulty of this sort.

And by what like contrivance would you have me catch my lovers?

In its present form it is the offspring of the art and contrivance of man.

Contrivance—that most belauded phenomenon in Nature's craft—was everywhere.

And so comes now a contrivance for holding the spindle in this position.

Beauty” is, to some persons, as great a stumbling-block as “contrivance.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from contrive + -ance.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CONTRIVANCE

achievement

nounsomething completed successfully; goal reached

brainchild

nouninvention
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
  • PREVIOUS
  • NEXT