English Synonyms and Antonyms
Artist, artificer and artisan are all from the root of art, but artist holds to the esthetic sense, while artificer and artisan follow the mechanical or industrial sense of the word (see ART under SCIENCE). Artist thus comes only into accidental association with the other words of this group, not being a synonym of any one of them and having practically no synonym of its own. The work of the artist is creative; that of the artisan mechanical. The man who paints a beautiful picture is an artist; the man who makes pin-heads all day is an artisan. The artificer is between the two, putting more thought, intelligence, and taste into his work than the artisan, but less of the idealizing, creative power than the artist. The sculptor, shaping his model in clay, is artificer, as well as artist; patient artisans, working simply by rule and scale, chisel and polish the stone. The man who constructs anything by mere routine and rule is a mechanic. The man whose work involves thought, skill, and constructive power is an artificer. The hod-carrier is a laborer; the bricklayer is a mechanic; the master mason is an artificer. Those who operate machinery nearly self-acting are operatives.
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secret agent, intelligence officer, intelligence agent, operativenoun
a person secretly employed in espionage for a government
private detective, PI, private eye, private investigator, operative, shamus, sherlockadjective
someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information
being in force or having or exerting force
"operative regulations"; "the major tendencies operative in the American political system"
relating to or requiring or amenable to treatment by surgery especially as opposed to medicine
"a surgical appendix"; "a surgical procedure"; "operative dentistry"
effective; producing a desired effect
"the operative word"
running(a), operative, functional, working(a)adjective
(of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
"in running (or working) order"; "a functional set of brakes"
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There are a number of links between the real estate tycoon’s political operation and the Make America Great Again PAC. Mike Ciletti, a Colorado-based operative who told Politico in August that Mike Ciletti is a consultant for the super PAC … The Donald Trump campaign has paid Ciletti’s printing firm since April, with the most recently reported payment on Sept. 18 … In one of several interviews with The Washington Post, Corey Lewandowski Fox News First denied knowing Mike Ciletti or anyone connected to the super PAC. ‘ I don’t know Mike Ciletti, ’ Corey Lewandowski said. Two days later, when confronted with the campaign’s payments to Ciletti’s firm, Corey Lewandowski acknowledged Mike Ciletti was familiar with Ciletti. ‘ I know a lot of people, ’ Mike Ciletti said. ‘ I know of Mike Ciletti. ’ After being pressed for more details, Mike Ciletti hung up.
Our intelligence community believes (he) was training in poisons at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, and had been sent to the United States before September the 11th to serve as a sleeper agent ready for follow-on attacks, among the potential targets our intelligence community believes this al Qaeda operative discussed … were water reservoirs, the New York Stock Exchange and United States military academies such as this one.
The fact that Matthew Whitaker is a political operative isn't itself disqualifying, but I think where there are some concerns is the fact that Matthew Whitaker had been head of this very partisan organization for a number of years and that is what raises some alarm bells about Matthew Whitaker ability to impartially carry out the duties of attorney general of the United States.
Abid is innocent, he is not a terrorist. He is not an al-Qaida operative.
In the case of Venezuela we will be returning our ambassador immediately to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
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- asiamies, toimija, toimiva, vaikuttavaFinnish
- operatorio, operativoItalian
- действенный, работать, рабочий, эффективный, действоватьRussian
- tác nghiệpVietnamese
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