characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
adjective artier, artiest
(informal) having an ostentatious or affected interest in or desire to imitate artists or artistic standards
1901, “having artistic pretentions,” from art (n.) + -y (2); cf. artsy.
of, relating to, or of the nature of an , or a man-made object that carries cultural significance.
any object made by human beings, especially with a view to subsequent use. a handmade object, as a tool, or the remains of one, as a shard of pottery, characteristic of an earlier time or cultural stage, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation. any mass-produced, usually inexpensive object reflecting contemporary society or […]
a clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile. trickery; guile; craftiness. cunning; ingenuity; inventiveness: a drawing-room comedy crafted with artifice and elegance. a skillful or artful contrivance or expedient. Contemporary Examples He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years. South Carolina […]
a person who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things; inventor. a skillful or artistic worker; craftsperson. Historical Examples But the secret of these rose windows is unknown to the Tuscan artificer. The Well of Saint Clare Anatole France To what artificer, is not Picture, a great pleasure and Commoditie? The Mathematicall […]
- Artificial aids
Manège. (def 6b). Historical Examples All artificial aids to beauty should be sparingly used, and have no place whatever upon the toilet table of the young girl. Social Life Maud C. Cooke Hence, the universal craving for artificial aids to digestion. Smoking and Drinking James Parton Brief information as to all artificial aids to navigation […]