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PIE root

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



artifex m, 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


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative artifex artificēs
genitive artificis artificum
dative artificī artificibus
accusative artificem artificēs
ablative artifice artificibus
vocative artifex artificēs


artifex m, f, n ‎(genitive artificis); third declension

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


Third declension.

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 & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • artifex” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (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