Definition: deception; trickery
Definition: deception; trickery
Sentences Containing 'artifice'
And all these lines, without the artifice being too apparent, give that well knit, dignified look so in harmony with the nature of the subject.
Its size making it difficult for it to be got comfortably within the field of vision, every artifice has to be used to give it``breadth of treatment,''as it is called, and nothing interferes with this like detail.
But all artifice in art must be concealed,#a picture obviously composed is badly composed#.
This concealment of all artifice, this artlessness and spontaneity of appearance, is one of the greatest qualities in a composition, any analysis of which is futile.
Dantes dug away the earth carefully, and detected, or fancied he detected, the ingenious artifice.
Now listen to me, Maximilian; if by artifice, by entreaty, by accident in short, if by any means I can delay this marriage, will you wait?''
The count's first idea was that this was an artifice a gross deception, to draw his attention from a minor danger in order to expose him to a greater.
It has accordingly been the effect of violence and artifice.
He thought more of Bernardo del Carpio because at Roncesvalles he slew Roland in spite of enchantments, availing himself of the artifice of Hercules when he strangled Antaeus the son of Terra in his arms.
Naturalists tell us that the ermine is a little animal which has a fur of purest white, and that when the hunters wish to take it, they make use of this artifice.
This being so, thou must remember that I am now labouring under that infirmity which women sometimes suffer from, when the craving seizes them to eat clay, plaster, charcoal, and things even worse, disgusting to look at, much more to eat; so that it will be necessary to have recourse to some artifice to cure me; and this can be easily effected if only thou wilt make a beginning, even though it be in a lukewarm and make-believe fashion, to pay court to Camilla, who will not be so yielding that her virtue will give way at the first attack: with this mere attempt I shall rest satisfied, and thou wilt have done what our friendship binds thee to do, not only in giving me life, but in persuading me not to discard my honour.
You would in vain object to me the difficulty, and almost impossibility of deceiving the world in an affair of such consequence; the wisdom and solid judgement of that renowned queen; with the little or no advantage which she could reap from so poor an artifice: All this might astonish me; but I would still reply, that the knavery and folly of men are such common phenomena, that I should rather believe the most extraordinary events to arise from their concurrence, than admit of so signal a violation of the laws of nature.
I observe (said I, finding he had finished his harangue) that you neglect not the artifice of the demagogues of old; and as you were pleased to make me stand for the people, you insinuate yourself into my favour by embracing those principles, to which, you know, I have always expressed a particular attachment.
In this coffer, his riches hid themselves with such a tenacious modesty, that the smallest instalments could only be tempted out by artifice; so that Peggotty had to prepare a long and elaborate scheme, a very Gunpowder Plot, for every Saturday's expenses.
Nothing is farther from my thoughts than to attribute any degree of artifice to Mr. jorkins.
More Vocab Words::: address - direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct one's efforts or attention to; make with a destination; N: formal speech
::: plausible - conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
::: amnesia - loss of memory
::: exceptionable - objectionable; likely to cause dislike; offensive; CF. unexceptionable: entirely acceptable
::: ambivalence - the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
::: viand - food; CF. live
::: extrinsic - external; not essential or inherent; extraneous; OP. intrinsic
::: throb - (of a heart or machine) beat rapidly or violently; N. Ex. hearthrob: heartbeat; sweetheart
::: dire - warning of disaster; disastrous; (of needs and dangers) very great; urgent; Ex. dire prediction/need of food
::: outlandish - bizzare; peculiar; unconventional