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\Ar"ti*fice\, n. [L. artificium, fr. artifex artificer; ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. F. artifice.] 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.
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Date:September 26th, 2004 02:51 am (UTC)
I only just yesterday suddenly gained remembrance, no not that, but the sudden regained sense of "artifice," of why I chose this placard a few years past. I've been somewhat shamed by the title I chose, as it seemed so "dark and dreary." But I recalled suddenly yesterday the sense of it... the craft, more the creation under duress of the day to day... nothing so deceiving or dreadful, just the simple of skill in work within a system that judges value by differing equations.

In many ways it relates to a different, recent post of yours I read back time and again. About the fear to be oneself. The hesitancy to simply walk in one's own shoes. I do truly love you S, despite my wariness of your true motives. Though they threaten none but my delusions to hide behind. Your wisdom is both grace and bitter poison.
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