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characterized by a showy, pretentious, and often spurious display of artistic interest, manner, or mannerism.
Historical Examples

How artily I wish I coud afford to foller his brillyant xampel!
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 93, December 31, 1887 Various

The right honorable gentleman laughed ‘artily, it said, same as they say about royalty.
Walking Shadows Alfred Noyes

I ain’t not a pertickler good speller myself, but I reely shoud be artily ashamed of sich a blunder as that.
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101. July 4, 1891 Various

It is surrounded at the sides and bottom with a wreath carrying a ribbon with the unit designation “first artily.”
American Military Insignia 1800-1851 J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.

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.


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