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artifice

ar·ti·fice

artifice

 
 
pronunciation:
ar tih fihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a shrewd or clever trick.
It was a clever ruse, and while others were taken in by this artifice, she was not.
synonyms:
device, ruse, stratagem, trick
similar words:
chicanery, deceit, deception, dodge, maneuver, plot, scheme, subterfuge, wile
definition 2: inventiveness or ingenuity.
synonyms:
cunning, ingenuity, inventiveness
Word Parts
The word artifice contains the following part:
fac, fic, fec, fact, fect Latin root that means make, do
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This root is also the origin of the suffixes "-fy, -ify, -efy" and "-ification, -efaction".