artificer

Definitions

  • Joab's Artifice
    Joab's Artifice
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n artificer an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.
    • n artificer a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
    • n artificer someone who is the first to think of or make something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Artificer A cunning or artful fellow.
    • Artificer (Mil) A military mechanic, as a blacksmith, carpenter, etc.; also, one who prepares the shells, fuses, grenades, etc., in a military laboratory.
    • Artificer An artistic worker; a mechanic or manufacturer; one whose occupation requires skill or knowledge of a particular kind, as a silversmith.
    • Artificer One who makes or contrives; a deviser, inventor, or framer. "Artificer of fraud.""The great Artificer of all that moves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n artificer A maker; a constructor; a skilful or artistic worker; a handicraftsman; a mechanic.
    • n artificer One who contrives or devises; an inventor; especially, an inventor of crafty or fraudulent artifices: as, “artificer of fraud,” Milton, P. L., iv. 121; “artificer of lies,” Dryden; “let you alone, cunning artificer,”
    • n artificer Milit., a soldier-mechanic attached to the artillery and engineer service, whose duty it is to construct and repair military materials.
    • n artificer One who uses artifice; an artful or wily person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Artificer a workman: an inventor
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Quotations

  • Laura Riding
    Laura Riding
    “Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean%20Baudrillard
    “The sad thing about artificial intelligence is that it lacks artifice and therefore intelligence.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry%20David%20Thoreau
    “Man is the artificer of his own happiness.”
  • James Joyce
    James%20Joyce
    “Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. artificier, fr. LL. artificiarius,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. artificiumartifex, -ficis, an artificer—ars, artis, and facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

The Indian was too well skilled in all the means of deception to become himself the victim of any common artifice.
"The Prairie" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Heaven would not suffer such infernal artifice to take effect.
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
As this disadvantageous contract could neither be kept nor broken, recourse was had to artifice.
"The Thirty Years War, Complete" by Friedrich Schiller
Artifices of hell, I yield to ye!
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
These more capital artifices I branch out into lesser ones, without number.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He stared, and deigned not a reply to an artifice which he considered equally audacious and shallow.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
While this farce was acted, sir, innumerable artifices were made use of to reconcile the nation to suspense and delay.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 11." by Samuel Johnson
These artifices were not only fraudulent but fatal; but these, it was obvious, would of themselves fall with the trade.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
He is a haberdasher of small arts and sciences, and deals in as many several operations as a baby artificer does in engines.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Selym the first Turkish emperor procured a thousand good artificers to be brought from Tauris to Constantinople.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Everything shows how much the skill and workmanship of the artificer surpasses the vile matter he has worked upon.
"The Existence of God" by Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
Artifice and fair speaking were at an end.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
But secretly artifices were practised to lure away the Indians.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
To what mean artifice did he have recourse?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
He expands the simple suggestions of his model; and employs the artifices of rhetoric where Tasso yielded to inspiration.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
It is by some clever artifice that he whitens his beard to that snow-like hue.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Our two "artificers," Cecil and Grimers, had already arrived.
"Adventures of a Despatch Rider" by W. H. L. Watson
The artifice, however, is most skilfully carried out for the end which De Foe had in view.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
Such artifices have been often publicly exhibited at Paris and London.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
There were upwards of thirty artificers on board the lightship at this time.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
Steel-true and blade-straight,
The great artificer
Made my mate.
"My Wife" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Each nice artificer complains
(Though he has finish'd them with pains)
That none his curious works will buy,
And that for hunger he must die.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
When we to such a pass were brought,
By Satan's artifice, that nought
Besides cou'd save; God deign'd to give
His Son, lost mortals to reprieve.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
For such a tempering task,
heat furnace of paradox
in an artifice of ice;
make love and logic mix,
and remember, if tedious risk
seems to jeopardize this:
"Notes To A Neophyte" by Sylvia Plath
No word-mosaic artificer, he sang
A lofty song of lowly weal and dole.
Right from the heart, right to the heart it sprang,
Or from the soul leapt instant to the soul.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
But inacceptable was the sacrifice,
Someone among the strong and the just had surely
Unmingled the malice and the artifice
In the skeins of a lying pride involved obscurely.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

The Book of Martyrdom and Artifice: First Journals and Poems, 1937–1952 by Allen Ginsberg ,edited by Juanita Lieberman-Plimpton and Bill Morgan Da Capo, 523 pp.
Seattle's artifice doesn't please Galaxy.
Extreme Artifice Directly From Life (in New York Between the Wars).
Hubris And the Artifice of A Dealer.
The Art of Artifice , from Lana Del Rey to Davy Jones.
As History and Artifice Mate in a Hothouse.
As History and Artifice Mate in a Hothouse .
Hat would American art do without the Midwest, so averse to artifice or embellishment in its manners and morals.
"Anna Karenina": Now with Extra Artifice.
True/False Film Festival Explores Art And Artifice.
American Elsewhere has this very nostalgic feel, while also demonstrating that nostalgia is mostly artifice.
Story gets lost amid all the staging and artifice.
If green is more to your liking than silver or gold, simplicity more compelling than artifice, then let nature do the decorating this year.
Photographer Reiner Riedler's series Fake Holidays, currently on view at Clerveaux-cité de l'image, examines the human obsession with artifice, specifically when it comes to travel and entertainment.
Some critics have found the image is so crisp that some of the artifice of moviemaking becomes apparent.
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In science:

The reader can find them in Appendix B, where it is possible to estimate the tolerance of diameters and uncertainties. It seems that the artificer used a tolerance 0.1 mm and a nondecimal system of measures.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
In Table II, the values from the right column of Table B1 had been used. It seems that the artificer that created the dodecahedron found at Avenches used a tolerance lower than 0.2 mm in a non-decimal system of measure.
Roman Dodecahedron as dioptron: analysis of freely available data
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