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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.

Number 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, neuter nominative singular like masculine/feminine.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative artifex artifex artificēs artificia
genitive artificis artificis artificium artificium
dative artificī artificī artificibus artificibus
accusative artificem artifex artificēs artificia
ablative artificī artificī artificibus artificibus
vocative artifex artifex artificēs artificia