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Contrive vs Artifice - What's the difference?

contrive | artifice |

As a verb contrive

is to form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.

As a noun artifice is

craftsman, artificer.

contrive

English

Verb

(contriv)
  • To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
  • * Hawthorne
  • Neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.
  • * 1813 , Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice , Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154
  • I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=10 citation , passage=With a little manœuvring they contrived to meet on the doorstep which was […] in a boiling stream of passers-by, hurrying business people speeding past in a flurry of fumes and dust in the bright haze.}}
  • To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  • To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
  • Synonyms

    * becast * cast about

    Derived terms

    * contriver * contrivance

    artifice

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • a crafty but underhanded deception
  • a trick played out as an ingenious, but artful, ruse
  • a strategic maneuver that uses some clever means to avoid detection or capture
  • a tactical move to gain advantage