Definitions for artificialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ar•ti•fi•cialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl(adj.)
made by human skill; produced by humans; not natural.
imitation; simulated; sham:
artificial vanilla flavoring; artificial gemstones.
Category: Jewelry, Common Vocabulary
lacking naturalness or spontaneity; forced:
an artificial smile.
full of affectation; stilted.
pertaining to a taxonomic classification that groups together unrelated organisms.
Category: Biology, Taxonomy
Origin of artificial:
1350–1400; ME < L
contrived by art rather than nature
"artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
artificial, contrived, hokey, stilted(adj)
"that artificial humility that her husband hated"; "contrived coyness"; "a stilted letter of acknowledgment"; "when people try to correct their speech they develop a stilted pronunciation"
not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
artificial(adjective)ˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl
not created in natural processes; = man-made
artificialˌɑr təˈfɪʃ əl
an artificial smile
Man-made; of artifice.
The flowers were artificial, and he thought them rather tacky.
Her manner was somewhat artificial.
Origin: Via (French: artificiel), from artificialis from artificium "skill", from artifex, from ars "skill", and -fex, from facere "to make".
made or contrived by art; produced or modified by human skill and labor, in opposition to natural; as, artificial heat or light, gems, salts, minerals, fountains, flowers
feigned; fictitious; assumed; affected; not genuine
artful; cunning; crafty
cultivated; not indigenous; not of spontaneous growth; as, artificial grasses
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Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4506
Rank popularity for the word 'artificial' in Adjectives Frequency: #601
Translations for artificial
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
made by man; not natural; not real
artificial flowers; Did you look at the colour in artificial light or in daylight?
- إصْطِناعي، مُصْطَنَعArabic
- artificialPortuguese (BR)
- kunst-, tehis-Estonian
- مصنوعی؛ ساختگیFarsi
- buatan, bikinanIndonesian
- tilbúinn, gerviIcelandic
- mākslīgs; neīstsLatvian
- kunstig, unaturligNorwegian
- مصنوعی؛ ساختگیPersian
- مصنوعی، ساختګیPashto
- ซึ่งประดิษฐ์ขึ้น; สังเคราะห์Thai
- 人工的Chinese (Trad.)
- штучний; синтетичнийUkrainian
- مصنوعی ، بناوٹیUrdu
- nhân tạoVietnamese
- 人工的Chinese (Simp.)
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