Definition of artificiality in English:



mass noun
  • 1The quality of being made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally.

    ‘vigorous debates about the authenticity of the original and the artificiality of the copy’
    • ‘By making the artificiality of video-based color obvious, this work adds to the examination of how we have become accustomed to artificial light.’
    • ‘Despite the sky's artificiality, one was enveloped by the physical and otherworldly dimensions of the piece.’
    • ‘The artificiality of the diamond doesn't seem to suit anybody.’
    • ‘The artificiality of the laboratory environment loses the context within which aggressive behaviors normally occur.’
    • ‘The eyelashes stiff with mascara make the artificiality and clumsiness of makeup conspicuous.’
    • ‘The coverage of the poker series was handled with much more realism, dispensing with the artificiality of a game-show set.’
    • ‘Just 15 minutes into the movie, we're already tired of the artificiality of the fights and chases.’
    • ‘Recalling the artificiality of Armistice Day lapel poppies, the familiar carnation hovers on a collage of basketballs, light bulbs, and peace signs.’
    • ‘Your children are the first to recognize it, because they recognize the artificiality of the jewelry you wear.’
    • ‘The staged nature is underscored by the artificiality of the light.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of being contrived or false.
      ‘users complain about the artificiality of war games’
      • ‘Some modern scholars have described the boy players as ironic figures who highlighted the artificiality of gender roles.’
      • ‘On those songs, the sound becomes dimensional in an artificial way, and you are aware of the artificiality of it.’
      • ‘Although literary scholars generally date the Enlightenment era from 1660 to 1798, all acknowledge the artificiality of such dating.’
      • ‘He suggests that the artificiality of his faeries is also self-consciously that of Spenser's panegyric poetry.’
      • ‘The visibility of studio props above the women's heads exposes the artificiality of the pose.’
      • ‘The focus on the artificiality of those codes means that the actual gender of the actor becomes obscured, and indeed irrelevant.’
      • ‘When specially recorded music and single-camera shooting are used, the artificiality of lip-sync can be well hidden.’
      • ‘The ambiguities resurface in an image of absolutism where obvious falsity and artificiality signify an unworldly godliness.’
      • ‘Her work appears to comment on the genre of landscape painting itself—on the artificiality of the form and its conventional attributes.’
      • ‘If the angel invokes faith, it must share equal time with the vaguely mystical powers of magic, and the explicit artificiality of science fiction.’
  • 2Insincerity or affectedness.

    ‘he claimed to have been horrified by the artificiality of his actors during the making of his first feature film’
    • ‘By cloaking these characters with so many layers of artificiality, the movie kills any chance that we will see them as substantive.’
    • ‘This is a character filled with saccharine-coated artificiality.’
    • ‘Is it meant to represent the artificiality of the relationships between the characters?’
    • ‘It's aim to show the artificiality of celebrity was short-circuited by the slickness of its design.’
    • ‘He shuns the high-gloss artificiality of big studio productions, preferring a gritty, jittery vision borne of handheld, digital camerawork.’
    • ‘We feel the artificiality of the political experience and the politician, who finds his way to us only through elaborate staging and multiple lenses.’
    • ‘Some consider their weakness to lie in their artificiality, a deliberate turning away from reality.’
    • ‘His own prose expressed his criticism of the artificialities of 18th-century society.’
    • ‘Her images explore the illusory boundaries, shallow artificiality, and transitory nature of culture.’
    • ‘The actress's inexperience adds to the air of artificiality.’