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artificial
used in The Great Gatsby

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
an artificial heart
Definition
made by humans — often to replace something that can be found in nature
  • For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes.
    p. 151.2
artificial = created rather than natural
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2  —2 uses as in:
an artificial smile
Definition
not sincere, pretended, or designed to impress
  • 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."
    p. 86.4
artificial = not sincere
  • She turned to Mrs. McKee and the room rang full of her artificial laughter.
    p. 36.5
artificial = not sincere, pretended, or designed to impress
There are no more uses of "artificial" flagged with this meaning in The Great Gatsby.

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