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ARTIFICIAL. What is the result of, or relates to, the arts; opposed to natural; thus we say a corporation is an artificial person, in opposition to a natural person. Artificial accession is the uniting one property to another by art, opposed to a simple natural union. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 503.

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But we should be mindful that artifice can corrode our relation- ships and undermine our company culture.
Artifice was originally published as a webcomic on Alex Woolfson's website, Yaoi 911 (from the Japanese term yaoi, meaning "Boys' Love").
If you are brave enough to deeply explore the challenges of expressing the inexpressible and venture forth where the subconscious spirit meets the conscious mastery of these performers, Angels and Artifice promises to deliver an intimate and uniquely personal in-the-moment live performance.
For example, both use the word any to describe the means for acting fraudulently or deceitfully (device, scheme, artifice, transaction, practice or course of business), though not one of these means is defined.
To ease progressive minds, she suggests that lipstick, hair dye, and Wonderbras may in fact be a force for some social good--helping women born with lesser physical endowments make up for nature's neglect through a combination of cunning, creativity, and financial investment: "When successful, the artifice of beauty is a great leveler." That's true, if you're talking about evening the playing field among Women.
as though to shed an uncompromising, truthful light into every corner of this strange reality' and, `that burst of light actually injects artifice, not truth' (another laugh).
Bradley was never much of an actor, and Joey was pretty much him, with no artifice, but ever since his starring role in the 1970 classic, Bradley's Joey has come to represent the archetypical English-Canadian loser in such formative essays as "Bully, Coward or Clown" by Robert Fothergill and is something of a pop-cultural legend.
"A writer's world is his word or his poetic language" (xii); thus the very act of writing comprises an act of world making, at least on a microcosmic scale, but it is the consciousness of the act and its implications of artifice and transgression, as well as the tension between appearance and reality, that link the works considered in Cosmopoiesis.
If poetry, as we all know, is not ordinary speech but language that celebrates artifice, then Oulipo is known for almost whimsically elaborate levels of artifice.
LABOUR today marked Iain Duncan Smith's first anniversary as Tory leader by denouncing him as a conjurer who was guilty of artifice, illusion, evasion and waste.
This weirdly lovely artifice of nature is a proclamation of the universal ubiquity of joy.