Usage examples for artifice

  1. This policy placed considerable patronage at his command, and he rallied round him a crowd of contractors and artificers, who, but for his power of giving them something better to do, would, perhaps, have been contracting the bad habit of political agitation, or resorting to every kind of revolutionary artifice. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  2. She must have loved him well indeed to have forgotten his birth; for though he was introduced to her in disguise, he is too honorable not to have revealed to her the artifice, which her love only could forgive. – The Lady of Lyons or Love and Pride by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  3. When it became clear that this artifice was employed for the purpose of causing delay, the returning officer took on himself the responsibility of closing the books, and of declaring Montague and Vernon duly elected. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  4. And when Gleditsch attached a dead bird to a cross made out of two sticks, or suspended a toad to a stick planted in the soil, the little beetles would in the same friendly way combine their intelligences to overcome the artifice of Man. – Mutual Aid A Factor of Evolution by kniaz' Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin
  5. Danger lurked in the jungle- ah, yes; but it was danger both direct and elemental- not hidden beneath hypocrisy and artifice. – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  6. With all her skill and artifice, therefore, she exerted herself to make up for Keith's negligence. – Dawn by Eleanor H. Porter
  7. Sunderland tried one ingenious artifice to get rid of Walpole. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  8. For as, in this case, the hearer has no motive to alarm his suspicions against the artifice of the speaker, he will rather think himself obliged to him than otherwise, for the pains he takes to amuse and gratify his ear. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  9. I observe in the papers lately, new attempts to revive this stale artifice, and that they squint more directly towards you and myself. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. Peggy herself recognised artifice. – A Butterfly on the Wheel by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  11. But there are times when a little artifice may be resorted to, particularly in the matter of applying a little cut to the ball. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  12. I confess this was but an innocent artifice to get rid of him, as I had frequently done before; for it must be confessed that he was somewhat tedious. – The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart by Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff
  13. By what effort, what artifice? – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  14. As we place ourselves at a point of view which is beyond the ideological views to which the actors in history were indebted for a consciousness of their work and in which they often found both the motives and the justification of their action, we may falsely believe that these ideological views were a pure appearance, a simple artifice, a pure illusion in the vulgar sense of the word. – Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History by Antonio Labriola
  15. 4. This tyrant employed the following artifice. – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  16. An artifice then occurred to him which promised to be of ultimate advantage. – Persian Literature, Volume 1,Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan by Anonymous