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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

artifex m or 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

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative artifex artificēs
Genitive artificis artificum
Dative artificī artificibus
Accusative artificem artificēs
Ablative artifice artificibus
Vocative artifex artificēs

DescendantsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

artifex (genitive artificis); third-declension one-termination adjective

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

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension one-termination adjective.

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

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