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artificial

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of artificial

  1. 1 lacking in natural or spontaneous quality the beauty-pageant contestants' artificial smiles looked like they were glued on their faces Synonyms of artificial affected, assumed, bogus, contrived, factitious, fake, false, feigned, forced, mechanical, mock, phony (also phoney), plastic, pretended, pseudo, put-on, sham, simulated, spurious, strained, unnatural Words Related to artificial automatic, canned, concocted, fabricated, hokey, labored, manufactured, pat, unauthentic, unreal, unrealistic; double-dealing, empty, facile, hollow, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealy, mealymouthed, two-faced, unctuous; exaggerated, histrionic, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, theatrical (also theatric); cute, cutesy, genteel, goody-goody, mincing, overrefined, simpering; conventional, formal, impersonal, inflexible, rigid, stiff, stylized, wooden; artful, calculated, conscious, cultivated, deliberate, premeditated, studied Near Antonyms of artificial authentic, bona fide, real, realistic, right, true; honest, ingenuous, sincere, unpretending; easy, effortless, smooth; extemporaneous, impromptu, impulsive, instinctive, unconscious, unprompted, unrehearsed, unstudied Antonyms of artificial artless, genuine, natural, spontaneous, unaffected, uncontrived, unfeigned, unforced

  2. 2 not being or expressing what one appears to be or express the familiar sight of the award winner accepting the artificial congratulations of the other nominees Synonyms of artificial insincere, backhanded, counterfeit, double, double-dealing, double-faced, fake, feigned, hypocritical, Janus-faced, jive [slang], left-handed, lip, mealy, mealymouthed, Pecksniffian, phony (also phoney), phony-baloney (or phoney-baloney), pretended, two-faced, unctuousWords Related to artificial affected, assumed, claptrap, contrived, forced, mechanical, put-on, simulated, strained, unnatural; empty, hollow, meaningless; deceitful, devious, dishonest, false, untruthful; facile, glib, superficial; bogus, sham; campy, facetious, jocular, tongue-in-cheek; canting, pharisaical, pious, sanctimonious, self-righteous, simon-pureNear Antonyms of artificial direct, forthright, frank, heart-to-heart, open, plain, straightforwardAntonyms of artificial artless, candid, genuine, heartfelt, honest, sincere, undesigning, unfeigned

  3. 3 being such in appearance only and made with or manufactured from usually cheaper materials artificial fruit made from wax Synonyms of artificial imitation, bogus, dummy, ersatz, factitious, fake, false, faux, imitative, man-made, mimic, mock, pretend, sham, simulated, substitute, syntheticWords Related to artificial cultured, manufactured, process; unauthentic; adulterated, designer, doctored, engineered, fudged, juggled, manipulated, tampered (with); concocted, fabricated; counterfeit, deceptive, forged, fraudulent, misleading, phony (also phoney); affected, brummagem, feigned, pinchbeck, pseudo, spuriousNear Antonyms of artificial authentic, bona fide, legitimate, true; premium, quality, valuable; pure, unadulteratedAntonyms of artificial genuine, natural, real

  4. 4 produced by humans rather than natural processes I find that artificial sweeteners often have an odd aftertaste Synonyms of artificial synthetic, man-made, nonnaturalWords Related to artificial fabricated, manufactured; cultivated, processed, refined; industrial, mechanical; ersatz, faux, imitationNear Antonyms of artificial crude, rawAntonyms of artificial natural


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