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1. A skilled worker; a craftsperson.
2. One that contrives, devises, or constructs something: "She was the single artificer of the world / In which she sang" (Wallace Stevens).
3. A deceptive or devious person.
4. A military engineer.


1. a skilled craftsman
2. a clever or inventive designer
3. (Military) a serviceman trained in mechanics


(ɑrˈtɪf ə sər, ˈɑr tə fə-)

1. a person who is skillful or clever in devising ways of making things; inventor.
2. a skillful or artistic worker; craftsperson.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artificer - someone who is the first to think of or make somethingartificer - someone who is the first to think of or make something
creator - a person who grows or makes or invents things
patentee - the inventor to whom a patent is issued
2.artificer - a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraftartificer - a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
beautician, cosmetician - someone who works in a beauty parlor
bookbinder - a worker whose trade is binding books
bricklayer - a craftsman skilled in building with bricks
clockmaker, clocksmith - someone whose occupation is making or repairing clocks and watches
coachbuilder - a craftsman who makes the bodies of motor vehicles
construction worker, hard hat - a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.
barrel maker, cooper - a craftsman who makes or repairs wooden barrels or tubs
coppersmith - someone who makes articles from copper
currier - a craftsman who curries leather for use
diemaker, diesinker, die-sinker - someone who makes dies
glassblower - someone skilled in blowing bottles from molten glass
glassworker, glazer, glazier, glass cutter, glass-cutter - someone who cuts flat glass to size
goldbeater, gold-beater - an artisan who beats gold into gold leaf
hairdresser, hairstylist, styler, stylist - someone who cuts or beautifies hair
luthier - a craftsman who makes stringed instruments (as lutes or guitars or violins)
machinist, mechanic, shop mechanic - a craftsman skilled in operating machine tools
stonemason, mason - a craftsman who works with stone or brick
miller - someone who works in a mill (especially a grain mill)
paperer, paperhanger - one whose occupation is decorating walls with wallpaper
pipe fitter, plumber - a craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances
ceramicist, ceramist, potter, thrower - a craftsman who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
rigger - someone who rigs ships
roofer - a craftsman who lays or repairs roofs
ropemaker, rope-maker, roper - a craftsman who makes ropes
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
steamfitter - a craftsman who installs and maintains equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
tanner - a craftsman who tans skins and hides
animal stuffer, stuffer, taxidermist - a craftsman who stuffs and mounts the skins of animals for display
upholsterer - a craftsman who upholsters furniture
weaver - a craftsman who weaves cloth
welder - joins pieces of metal by welding them together
window dresser, window trimmer - someone who decorates shop windows
woodworker, woodman, woodsman - makes things out of wood
wright - someone who makes or repairs something (usually used in combination)
3.artificer - an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.artificer - an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms and machine guns etc.
enlisted man - a male enlisted person in the armed forces
References in classic literature ?
Our readers will learn, not altogether without interest, in reference to the recent romantic rise in fortune of a young artificer in iron of this neighbourhood (what a theme, by the way, for the magic pen of our as yet not universally acknowledged townsman TOOBY, the poet of our columns
Whereof hee soon aware, Each perturbation smooth'd with outward calme, Artificer of fraud; and was the first That practisd falshood under saintly shew, Deep malice to conceale, couch't with revenge: Yet not anough had practisd to deceive URIEL once warnd; whose eye pursu'd him down The way he went, and on th' ASSYRIAN mount Saw him disfigur'd, more then could befall Spirit of happie sort: his gestures fierce He markd and mad demeanour, then alone, As he suppos'd, all unobserv'd, unseen.
The Moors of Tangier have so degenerated that it has been long since there was an artificer among them capable of curing so delicate a patient as a debilitated clock.
Blindly, unwittingly, erringly as Dickens often urged them, these ideals mark the whole tendency of his fiction, and they are what endear him to the heart, and will keep him dear to it long after many a cunninger artificer in letters has passed into forgetfulness.
Whether that Artificer of things, The origin of a better world, made him from the divine seed; Or the earth, being recent and lately sundered from the high Ether, retained some seeds of cognate heaven.
In the middle of the empty, endless hall of snow, was a frozen lake; it was cracked in a thousand pieces, but each piece was so like the other, that it seemed the work of a cunning artificer.
The sturdy hind now attends the levee of his fellow-labourer the ox; the cunning artificer, the diligent mechanic, spring from their hard mattress; and now the bonny housemaid begins to repair the disordered drum-room, while the riotous authors of that disorder, in broken interrupted slumbers, tumble and toss, as if the hardness of down disquieted their repose.
His was a slap-dash method, but the world has been built slap-dash, and the beauty of mountain and river and sunset may be but the varnish with which the unskilled artificer hides his joins.
So you see Molly, the housemaid, of a morning, watching a spider in the doorpost lay his thread and laboriously crawl up it, until, tired of the sport, she raises her broom and sweeps away the thread and the artificer.
He never said, I discovered this adaptation or invented that combination; but showed the whole thing as if the Divine artificer had made it, and he had happened to find it; so modest he was about it, such a pleasant touch of respect was mingled with his quiet admiration of it, and so calmly convinced he was that it was established on irrefragable laws.
Then I presented to them the people I had brought with me, particularly the tailor, the smith, and the two carpenters, all of them most necessary people; but, above all, my general artificer, than whom they could not name anything that was more useful to them; and the tailor, to show his concern for them, went to work immediately, and, with my leave, made them every one a shirt, the first thing he did; and, what was still more, he taught the women not only how to sew and stitch, and use the needle, but made them assist to make the shirts for their husbands, and for all the rest.
The effect of this disinclination, on the part of the public, towards the artificers of their pleasures, when they attempt to enlarge their means of amusing, may be seen in the censures usually passed by vulgar criticism upon actors or artists who venture to change the character of their efforts, that, in so doing, they may enlarge the scale of their art.