Made in imitation of nature by human beings rather than by nature; simulated. This may be intended and interpreted to carry either positive, negative or neutral ideas. A negative interpretation might imply lack of authenticity. Other synonyms with more specific meanings include synthetic (implying a chemical process) and ersatz (a German word for things that are obviously inferior). The term "artifice" can refer either to a thing which has artificial qualities, or to the means to making it.A quote: "All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God." Sir Thomas Browne, English. Religio Medici, 1642. Also see collectible, copy, counterfeit, fake, forgery, original, reproduction, simulacrum, and truth.