1Artificially created or contrived; not natural, spontaneous, or genuine; feigned, affected.
2 rare Cunning, artful. Chiefly in negative sense.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French, French artificieux seeking to deceive by cunning, (of a person) skilful, skilfully made and its etymon classical Latin artificiōsus in accordance with the rules of an art, prescribed by art, technical, accomplished, involving artistry, skilfully contrived, ingenious from artificium + -ōsus.