artifex

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

PIE root
*h₂er-

From ar(ti) ‎(art) +‎ -fex ‎(suffix representing a maker or producer).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

artifex m, f ‎(genitive artificis); third declension

  1. artist, actor
  2. craftsman, master (of a craft)
    • Vitruvius, De Architectura, Book I, Chapter I, section 3; English translation by Frank Granger
      Neque enim ingenium sine disciplina aut disciplina sine ingenio perfectum artificem potest efficere.
      For neither talent without instruction nor instruction without talent can produce the perfect craftsman.
  3. mastermind, schemer

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative artifex artificēs
genitive artificis artificum
dative artificī artificibus
accusative artificem artificēs
ablative artifice artificibus
vocative artifex artificēs

AdjectiveEdit

artifex m, f, n ‎(genitive artificis); third declension

  1. skilled, artistic
  2. expert
  3. artful, cunning
  4. creative

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative artifex artificēs artificia
genitive artificis artificium
dative artificī artificibus
accusative artificem artifex artificēs artificia
ablative artificī artificibus
vocative artifex artificēs artificia

ReferencesEdit

  • artifex” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • artifex” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • an accomplished dialectician: disserendi peritus et artifex
  • artifex” in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
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