One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an industry dominated by artifice’
trickery, deviousness, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, artfulness, wiliness, craft, craftiness, evasion, slyness, chicanery, intrigue, subterfuge, strategy, bluff, pretence
fraud, fraudulence, sophistry, sharp practice
informal monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, every trick in the book
2‘the artifice of couching autobiography in the form of a novel did not really work’
device, trick, stratagem, ploy, tactic, ruse, scheme, move, manoeuvre, contrivance, machination, expedient, wile, dodge
swindle, hoax, fraud, confidence trick
informal con, con trick, set-up, game, scam, sting, gyp, flimflam
British informal wheeze
North American informal bunco, grift
Australian informal lurk, rort
South African informal schlenter
British informal, dated flanker
archaic shift, fetch, rig
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