He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.
While he photographed real-life situations, the degrees of staging nod, perhaps, to the artifice of advertising tableaux.
Orwell needed a certain level of artifice to maintain verisimilitude.
Of course, it is an artifice, protected from the real horror of war.
Where Raphael constructed ideal women and made them seem normal and necessary, Dürer constructs ideal works of art and artifice.
Inaccuracy in detail and artifice in the arrangement of isolated peoples are inevitable in such a scheme.
They held the secret of artifice in metals and gems; they were architects and sculptors.
The artifice is visible—I mean the industrious mechanism of their construction.
Jeff had been summoned, and Esther met him with no pretence at an artifice of coolness.
You have artifice instead of feeling, and conceits and often downright fustian instead of heart, soul, and human passion.
1530s, "workmanship, the making of anything by craft or skill," from Middle French artifice "skill, cunning" (14c.), from Latin artificium "a profession, trade, employment, craft; making by art," from artifex (genitive artificis) "craftsman, artist," from ars "art" (see art (n.)) + facere "do" (see factitious). Meaning "device, trick" (the usual modern sense) is from 1650s.