from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being artificial or produced unnaturally.
  • n. Something artificial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or appearance of being artificial; that which is artificial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being artificial; appearance of art; insincerity.
  • n. That which is artificial; an artificial thing or characteristic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally


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  • This question of naturalness as opposed to artificiality is not immediately pertinent to our problem, nor is the matter of optimism and pessimism, nor the biologic idea of survival.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • But this would be hopelessly burdensome, so budgets are used instead. we might argue that the cost of this artificiality is less than than the cost of weighing everything on an organization-wide basis.

    Government Incentives, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Instead they create a certain artificiality with which to sift through reality until it reaches its purest possible form.

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 11/16.

  • We seek artificiality, which is an organized and optimized signal coming from an astronomical environment from which neither it nor anything like it is either expected or observed: Very modest complexity, found out of context.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Shostak wrote: "We seek artificiality, which is an ** organized and optimized signal**"

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Because the thing I didn't like about Moulin Rouge was its artificiality, which is the same thing I don't like in Wes Anderson movies or Napoleon Dynamite can that opinion be distilled to earn someone a million dollars?

    Epic Movie

  • The audience did not terrify her, nor the lights, nor the darkness, nor the queer smell of dust and paint and artificiality, that is a necessary part of the background of stage life.

    The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World

  • Yet here, too, his artificiality is a serious blemish, his lamentations for the loss of the _pueri delicati_ of friends do not, and can hardly be expected to, ring true, and the same blemish affects even the poems where he laments his own loss.

    Post-Augustan Poetry From Seneca to Juvenal

  • The hills and dales in the Green Park are perfect -- their artificiality is their beauty.


  • The "best society" is, by its very name, that in which there is the least hypocrisy and insincerity of all kinds, which recoils from, and blasts, artificiality, which is anxious to be all that it is possible to be, and which sternly reprobates all shallow pretense, all coxcombry and foppery, and insists upon simplicity as the infallible characteristic of true worth.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)


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