Synonyms of artifice in English:


See definition of artifice


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