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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Latin artificium, from artifex 'skilled worker', from ars ( ART1) + facere 'to make'

artifice

noun
     
ar‧ti‧fice formal
1 [uncountable] the use of clever tricks to deceive someone [= cunning]
2 [countable] a trick used to deceive someone

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