contrivance


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Synonyms for contrivance

Synonyms for contrivance

something, as a machine, devised for a particular function

something invented

Synonyms for contrivance

a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

the faculty of contriving

an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.

any improvised arrangement for temporary use

the act of devising something

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All the adventures at the Castle of Miraguarda are excellent and of admirable contrivance, and the language is polished and clear, studying and observing the style befitting the speaker with propriety and judgment.
This has been represented as a tacit relinquishment of those debts, and as a wicked contrivance to screen public defaulters.
The most sanguine advocates for three or four confederacies cannot reasonably suppose that they would long remain exactly on an equal footing in point of strength, even if it was possible to form them so at first; but, admitting that to be practicable, yet what human contrivance can secure the continuance of such equality?
He might have thought it his duty to destroy a contrivance of this kind, as he would a gigantic narwhal.
Then I wanted to arrange some contrivance to break open the doors of bronze under the White Sphinx.
The count soon mastered the mechanism, the gate opened, and he then found himself in a little garden, about twenty feet long by twelve wide, bounded on one side by part of the hedge, which contained the ingenious contrivance we have called a gate, and on the other by the old tower, covered with ivy and studded with wall-flowers.
His education had been that success for that mighty blue machine was certain; that it would make victories as a contrivance turns out buttons.
Till the next morning, however, she was not aware of all the felicity of her contrivance.
Ten men would have found difficulty in moving that tub, but by some mechanical contrivance it had turned with the flagstone on which it rested.
David thought it would be easy, too, to get to a small thicket and bury his bag in a hole he had already made and covered up under the roots of an old hollow ash, and he had, in fact, found the hole without a moment's difficulty, had uncovered it, and was about gently to drop the bag into it, when the sound of a large body rustling towards him with something like a bellow was such a surprise to David, who, as a gentleman gifted with much contrivance, was naturally only prepared for what he expected, that instead of dropping the bag gently he let it fall so as to make it untwist and vomit forth the shining guineas.
John considered a young master as the natural enemy of an old servant, and young people in general as a poor contrivance for carrying on the world.
To say nothing of their habitual indolence, by what contrivance within the reach of so simple a people could such enormous masses have been moved or fixed in their places?
Her days were spent in a kind of slow bustle; all was busy without getting on, always behindhand and lamenting it, without altering her ways; wishing to be an economist, without contrivance or regularity; dissatisfied with her servants, without skill to make them better, and whether helping, or reprimanding, or indulging them, without any power of engaging their respect.
There it stood, poor devil of a contrivance that it was
Oh, I may take a look at it again by-and-by,' she says indifferently, but nevertheless the probability is that as the door shuts the book opens, as if by some mechanical contrivance.