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ar·ti·fi·cial

 (är′tə-fĭsh′əl)
adj.
1.
a. Made by humans, especially in imitation of something natural: an artificial sweetener that replaces sugar; artificial flowers.
b. Not arising from natural or necessary causes; contrived or arbitrary: "Hausa [in Niger] ... are separated from their brethren in Nigeria by a porous and artificial border that the colonial powers left behind" (Jeffrey Tayler).
2. Affected or insincere: an artificial smile.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin artificiālis, belonging to art, from artificium, craftsmanship; see artifice.]

ar′ti·fi′ci·al′i·ty (-fĭsh′ē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
ar′ti·fi′cial·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artificiality - the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally
unnaturalness - the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles
staginess, theatricality - an artificial and mannered quality
pretence, pretension, pretense - a false or unsupportable quality

artificiality

noun
Translations
تَصَنُّـع
strojenostumělost
kunstighed
ónáttúrleiki; tilgerî
yapaylık

artificiality

[ˌɑːtɪfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ] N
1. (lit) (= synthetic nature) → artificialidad f
2. (fig) [of person, manner] → artificialidad f, afectación f, falta f de naturalidad

artificiality

[ˌɑːrtɪˈfɪʃiælɪti] nartificialité f, caractère m artificiel

artificiality

n
(= insincerity, unnaturalness)Gekünsteltheit f

artificiality

[ˌɑːtɪfɪʃɪˈælɪtɪ] nartificiosità

artificial

(aːtiˈfiʃəl) adjective
made by man; not natural; not real. artificial flowers; Did you look at the colour in artificial light or in daylight?
artiˈficially adverb
ˌartificiˈality (-ʃiˈӕ-) noun
artificial respiration
the process of forcing air into and out of the lungs eg of a person who has almost drowned.
References in classic literature ?
He is just a cheap and hollow artificiality when you don't know he is a king.
It was a novel without a plot and with only one character, being, indeed, simply a psychological study of a certain young Parisian who spent his life trying to realize in the nineteenth century all the passions and modes of thought that belonged to every century except his own, and to sum up, as it were, in himself the various moods through which the world-spirit had ever passed, loving for their mere artificiality those renunciations that men have unwisely called virtue, as much as those natural rebellions that wise men still call sin.
The definition of the cause was vague, but the thought itself was no mere morbid artificiality of sentiment but a genuine conviction.
The frank, free laugh and hearty voice that sounded so pleasant in the dairy jars against the artificiality of town-bred life, and her ways become exceedingly trying.
Now there was a suggestion of artificiality,--of calculation.
To Dorothea this was adorable genuineness, and religious abstinence from that artificiality which uses up the soul in the efforts of pretence.
Sidney's very complicated tale of adventures in love and war, much longer than any of its successors, is by no means free from artificiality, but it finely mirrors his own knightly spirit and remains a permanent English classic.
There are no doubt many cases to which such a supposition is applicable without obvious artificiality.
The cruelty with which he shattered the world she had built up for herself so laboriously to enable her to endure her hard life, the injustice with which he had accused her of affectation, of artificiality, aroused her.
The artificiality of it contrasted strongly with Falk's natural unconcern.
Like so much of the movie, the device entertains while amplifying Burns's themes, subtly reinforcing the strange artificiality of the environment.
Religion should be democratic, but the wider the definition the more one loses depth -- the whole thing becomes an exercise in artificiality," the rabbi said.