Synonyms of contrivance in English:


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See UK English definition of contrivance

See Spanish definition of artilugio


1‘a mechanical contrivance’

device, gadget, machine, appliance, contraption, apparatus, mechanism, implement, tool, labour-saving device, invention
informal gizmo, mod con, widget, thingamajig, thingamabob, whatsit
British informal doodah, doobry, gubbins
North American informal dingus, doodad, doojigger, doohickey
Australian informal bitzer
Australian, New Zealand informal thingo

2‘her matchmaking contrivances’

scheme, stratagem, tactic, manoeuvre, move, course of action, line of action, plan, ploy, gambit, device, wile
trick, ruse, plot, machination, subterfuge, artifice, expedient
British informal wheeze
Australian informal lurk
archaic shift, fetch