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



artifex m or f (genitive artificis); third declension

  1. artist, actor
  2. craftsman, master (of a craft)
    Synonyms: opifex, faber
    • 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


Third-declension noun.

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



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

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


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


  • artifex”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • artifex”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • artifex in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • artifex in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (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