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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ar·ti·fice /ˈɑrtəfəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ar·ti·fice n.
 1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making. [Obs.]
 2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
    The material universe . . . in the artifice of God, the artifice of the best Mechanist.   --Cudworth.
 3. Artful or skillful contrivance.
    His [Congreve's] plots were constructed without much artifice.   --Craik.
 4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick.
 Note: [Now the usual meaning.]
    Those who were conscious of guilt employed numerous artifices for the purpose of averting inquiry.   --Macaulay.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture) [syn: ruse]