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τεχνῑ́τ-ης, ου, ὁ, artificer, craftsman, opp. γεωργός, X.Oec.6.6, Arist.Pol.1262b26, al.; opp. ῥήτωρ, Emp. ap. Thphr.Sens.11; of a potter, PCair.Zen.500.2,3 (iii B.C.); τεχνῖται οἱ χρήσιμόν τι ποιεῖν ἐπιστάμενοι, opp. οἱ ἐλευθερίως πεπαιδευμένοι, X.Mem.2.7.4,5, cf. Act.Ap.19.24: metaph., πόλις ἧς τ. καὶ δημιουργὸς ὁ θεός Ep.Hebr.11.10, cf. LXX Wi.13.1.

II. one who does or handles a thing by the rules of art, skilled workman, opp. ἄτεχνος, Pl.Sph.219a, cf. Hp.VM4, Arist.Rh.1397b23, Gal.6.155, 18(2).245; opp. ἰδιώτης, Id.6.204; opp. ὁ ἔμπειρος, Arist.Metaph.981b31; c. gen. rei, τ. τῶν πολεμικῶν skilled in .., X.Lac.13.5; also οἱ περὶ τοὺς θεοὺς τ. persons versed in religious practices, Id.Cyr.8.3.11; ἄνθρωπος τ. λόγων, as a sneer, Aeschin.1.170; οἱ Διονυσιακοὶ τ. or οἱ περὶ τὸν Διόνυσον τ., theatrical artists, musicians as well as actors, D. 19.192 (where τ. alone), Arist.Rh.1405a24, Pr.956b11, SIG399.12 (Amphict. Delph., iii B.C.), CIG2619, al. (Cyprus), OGI50 (Egypt, iii B.C.), Plb.16.21.8, Posidon.36 J., etc.; so perh. in οἷος τ. παραπόλλυμαι, = Lat.qualis artifex pereo (Nero's last words), D.C.63.29.

III. trickster, intriguer, Luc.DMort.13.5.