What does the word artifice mean?

Usage examples for artifice

  1. It would be better to revenge himself upon them by some artifice later; accordingly, he signed to his soldiers and slowly withdrew. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  2. If we would only let nature act kindly, free from affectation and artifice, the results on social good humour and happiness would be incalculable. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  3. With this admission I was content to leave the matter, in no way accusing them of actual duplicity, yet so withdrawing that any of unprejudiced standing could not fail to carry away the impression that I had been the victim of an unworthy artifice, and had been lured into their society by the pretext that they were other than what they really were. – The Mirror of Kong Ho by Ernest Bramah
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