ETYM Latin artificium, from artifex artificer; ars, artis, art + facere to make: cf. French artifice.
1. A handicraft; a trade; art of making.
2. Workmanship; a skillfully contrived work.
3. Artful or skillful contrivance.
4. Crafty device; an artful, ingenious, or elaborate trick.
5. Ingenuity; skill; trickery.
dodge / dɑːdʒ /
1. A quick evasive movement.
2. A statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery; SYN. dodging, scheme.
expedient / ɪkspiːdiənt /
A means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one.
quirk / kwɝːk /
ETYM Written also querk.
A narrow groove beside a beading.
ETYM French, from Old Fren. reüser, rehuser, to turn aside, to shuffle, retreat, from Latin recusare to refuse; pref. re- again + causa cause. Related to Cause, Recusant.
A deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture); SYN. artifice.
ETYM Old Eng. stal, as. steall, stall, a place, seat, or station, a stable.
1. A compartment in a stable where a single animal is confined and fed.
2. A place where articles are displayed for sale; SYN. stand, sales booth.
3. A malfunction in the flight of an aircraft in which there is a sudden loss of lift that results in a downward plunge.
4. A tactic used to mislead or delay; SYN. stalling, delaying.
wile / waɪl /
ETYM Old Eng. wile, AS. wîl; cf. Icel. val, vael. Related to Guile.
A trick or stratagem practiced for insnaring or deception; a sly, insidious; artifice; a beguilement; an allurement.