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Daemon
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artificer

(noun) A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft.

Synonyms: artisan, journeyman, craftsman

Usage: There are native tanners, shoemakers, weavers, blacksmiths, stonecutters, and other artificers attached to each establishment.
Surajyusuf
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Im a memeber of the nigerian pot artificars.
Luker4
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Nice Word Deamon Applause


and the word Artifice means:

[Quote:]
artifice (ˈɑːtɪfɪs)
n
1. a clever expedient; ingenious stratagem
2. crafty or subtle deception
3. skill; cleverness
4. a skilfully contrived device
5. craftsmanship
TheParser
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:55:46 AM
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luker4 wrote:


[quote]artifice (ˈɑːtɪfɪs)
n

2. crafty or subtle deception



Some people say that most politicians win election through artifice.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 10:10:10 AM

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After I read the definition, before I read the synonyms, I thought of the word craftsman
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 10:21:42 AM

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Seriously?

The quote is from a book written in 1837.

The word is extremely obscure. Useful if you want to read classics, but misleading if you are an English learner trying to increase your functional vocabulary - if you use it, people will only be able to deduce that you must mean 'a faker'.

A modern word for craftsman would be artisan.

I would be the first to say obscure words are great, but when they are not in current use I think that should be pointed out in the definition given here, so people (especially English learners) are aware of that!

Cambridge online dictionary does not have a listing for it. OED has it but the only recent quote is a newspaper feature, suggesting a conscious choice of the word.

google ngram shows an inexorable fade since 1800.

Clicking on the most recent google books examples, the first listings are books on the writing of James Joyce, the politics of Thomas Hobbes, The Unity of Hegel's Phenomenolgy of Spirit (?), and on "Free Trade 1793-1886".
I would venture more than a few of those instances are from quotations of the source material!

Oh, but one listing is probably in the actual text, - of a book of arithmetic for RAF apprentices in 1941!

Contemporary conversational vocabulary it ain't! Apart from the military engineer job description, it must be pretty rare,I think?

Of course I would welcome being corrected - I thought the same about seemliness but that is apparently alive and buzzing in the modern world. Maybe 'artificers' is as well. Whistle

eddiehotjazz
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:45:55 AM
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I also believe artificer is a rank or a particular job in the Royal Navy.
Haz
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 1:18:38 PM

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I agree with Thar as the word would not be used in normal English conversation these days.
Marguerite
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:14:38 PM

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I enjoyed Luker4's entry. Plus, I wish he would post his photo again--it is so pleasant to gaze on, Polish men being as handsome as they are. As for artificer, I never thought I would have occasion to use that word, but viola I've used it.
Absurdicuss
Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:31:00 PM

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Per thar's assessment on the obscurity of "artificer"...it does, to my contemporary ears, sound much more like a form of "artificial" rather than the synonyms listed.

"Now" is the eternal present.
kenturner1
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:45:01 PM

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Good word.

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