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  • n  a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)

  • The play appeared to have come straight from the heart of the playwright and was without pretense or artifice.
  • Everyone has an opinion on the nude parade to protest use of animal skin; some said it was a social artifice while others said that it brought out the point effectively.
  • The demonstration was a staged drama - an artifice if you will - to hide the deep fissures within the ranks.
News & Articles

  • Apple iOS 7: Everything You Need to Know
    The new iOS 7 is here. Jony Ive's first iOS—minimalist, elegant, devoid of the infantile artifice that infected its recent incarnations. It's pretty impressive. And here's everything you need to know about it. Read more...        
    June 10, 2013 - Gizmodo

  • Nigella Lawson in Digital Spy
    Speaking to the Radio Times, Lawson said: "There are two very different things. There's deceit, and there's artifice or illusion - like when you go to the theatre. I think there was a lot of bad faith in the television world at that time. I'm sure...
  • Al Gore in ZDNet Blogs (blog)
    What politics has become,Gore told McGirt, "is something that requires a kind of tolerance for artifice and manipulative communications strategies that I just find I have in very short supply. I just don't have the patience for things that...
  • Dan Futterman in Washington Post
    To add to a sense of reality, Winterbottom shot the movie in Pakistan and encouraged actors to improvise many of their scenes off the script, which Futterman said helped them "drop the artifice" of acting.

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