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artificiality

[ahr-tuh-fish-ee-al-i-tee] /ˌɑr təˌfɪʃ iˈæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural artificialities.
1.
artificial quality.
2.
an artificial thing or trait:
artificialities of speech.
Origin of artificiality
1755-1765
1755-65; artificial + -ity
Related forms
overartificiality, noun, plural overartificialities.
superartificiality, noun, plural superartificialities.
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  • For, although the idea was excellent and proved so, its staginess, its artificiality cannot be denied.

    My Austrian Love Maxime Provost
  • Never was it absurd; never was there a single note of artificiality in it.

  • Our fiction, in general, is marked by an artificiality as marked as that of Eighteenth Century poetry or the later Georgian drama.

    A Book of Prefaces H. L. Mencken
  • The work was so exquisitely done that its artificiality could not be detected.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Indeed, the poet's deliberate attitude of artificiality is dropped.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Such perfect candor and lack of artificiality was a revelation to me.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The barriers of intellectual sloth and artificiality fell away, and men became accessible to him.

    Horace and His Influence Grant Showerman
  • Their artificiality is at once their bane and their source of superior pride.

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