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artificial

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1  —as in:
an artificial heart
Definition made by humans — often to replace something that can be found in nature
  • The plants look real, but they are artificial.
artificial = made by humans
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The failure for Congress to appropriate funds has created an artificial crisis.
  • artificial = made by man
  • It uses artificial sweetener instead of sugar.
  • artificial = made by humans
  • The company does not use artificial ingredients.
  • artificial = made by humans
  • The design favors natural light over artificial light.
  • artificial = made by humans
  • I control my artificial arm with my mind.
  • artificial = made by humans
  • And when we're turned away from it [the sun], it is night. And if we want to see we have to use artificial lights.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • artificial = created by humans rather than occurring naturally
  • Later there would also be need for seeds and artificial manures, besides various tools and, finally, the machinery for the windmill.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • artificial = made by humans to replace something that can be found in nature
  • It's warm in the store, and it smells of artificial pine.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • artificial = created by humans rather than occurring naturally
  • Right, the cold and artificial pleasures of the theme park.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
artificial = created by humans rather than occurring naturally

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2  —as in:
an artificial smile
Definition not sincere, pretended, or designed to impress
  • She hated his artificial humility.
artificial = not sincere
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She use an artificial voice when making sales calls, but it works for her.
  • artificial = not genuine
  • She put on an artificial smile for the cameras while berating my performance.
  • artificial = not sincere
  • Then from the living-room I heard a sort of choking murmur and part of a laugh, followed by Daisy's voice on a clear artificial note: "I certainly am awfully glad to see you again."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • artificial = not sincere
  • He had always been straightforward with me—more so than most of the others—but when he described the white mouse who had been given intelligence, he was as pompous and artificial as the others.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • artificial = not genuine (trying to impress)
  • We saw nothing real of it; all our impressions of the war were in the false medium of two dimensions—photographs in the papers and magazines, newsreels, posters—or artificially conveyed to us by a voice on the radio, or headlines across the top of a newspaper.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • artificially = in a manner designed to impress
  • She turned to Mrs. McKee and the room rang full of her artificial laughter.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
artificial = not sincere, pretended, or designed to impress

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