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Synonyms for contrivancekənˈtraɪ vəns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appliance, contraption, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    comfort station, doodad, gadget, lash-up, gismo, restroom, public lavatory, public convenience, thingmajig, whatsis, thingamabob, thingumajig, whatchamacallit, dodge, devisal, appliance, thingummy, doojigger, convenience, public toilet, thingmabob, toilet facility, thingamajig, stratagem, wash room, doohickey, thingumabob, widget, gimmick, contraption, gubbins, whatchamacallum, gizmo, contrivance

  2. contrivance(noun)

    the faculty of contriving; inventive skill

    Synonyms:
    stratagem, devisal, convenience, gismo, widget, gadget, appliance, lash-up, contraption, dodge, gizmo

  3. contrivance, stratagem, dodge(noun)

    an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

    Synonyms:
    gambit, stratagem, devisal, convenience, scheme, ploy, gismo, widget, dodging, contrivance, gadget, appliance, lash-up, contraption, dodge, gizmo

  4. contrivance(noun)

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

    Synonyms:
    stratagem, devisal, convenience, gismo, widget, gadget, appliance, lash-up, contraption, dodge, gizmo

  5. lash-up, contrivance(noun)

    any improvised arrangement for temporary use

    Synonyms:
    stratagem, devisal, convenience, contrivance, gismo, widget, gadget, appliance, lash-up, contraption, dodge, gizmo

  6. devisal, contrivance(noun)

    the act of devising something

    Synonyms:
    stratagem, devisal, convenience, contrivance, gismo, widget, gadget, appliance, lash-up, contraption, dodge, gizmo

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. contrivance

    A contrivance or device may be either good or bad. A cheat is a mean advantage in a bargain; a fraud, any form of covert robbery or injury. Imposture is a deceitful contrivance for securing charity, credit, or consideration. A stratagem or maneuver may be of the good against the bad, as it were a skilful movement of war. A wile is usually but not necessarily evil.

    E'en children followed with endearing wile.

    Goldsmith Deserted Village, l. 184.

    A trick is often low, injurious, and malicious; we say a mean trick; the word is sometimes used playfully with less than its full meaning. A ruse or a blind may be quite innocent and harmless. An artifice is a carefully and delicately prepared contrivance for doing indirectly what one could not well do directly. A device is something studied out for promoting an end, as in a mechanism; the word is used of indirect action, often, but not necessarily directed to an evil, selfish, or injurious end. Finesse is especially subtle contrivance, delicate artifice, whether for good or evil. Compare FRAUD.

    Synonyms:
    art, artifice, blind, cheat, craft, cunning, device, dodge, finesse, fraud, guile, imposture, invention, machination, maneuver, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, wile

    Antonyms:
    artlessness, candor, fairness, frankness, guilelessness, honesty, ingenuousness, innocence, openness, simplicity, sincerity, truth

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. contrivance(n.)

    Synonyms:
    design, invention

  2. contrivance(n.)

    Synonyms:
    device, scheme, plan, plot, artifice, stratagem, complot, machination

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

invention


Translations for contrivance

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  • приспособление, похват, средство, способ, хитринаBulgarian
  • Vorrichtung, ErfindungGerman
  • vempele, vimpain, rekkulaFinnish
  • dispositif, appareilFrench
  • vernuft, vindingrijkheidDutch
  • artifícioPortuguese
  • выдумка, приспособление, ухищрение, план, устройство, ухватка, затеяRussian

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