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ars gratia artis

[ahrs grah-tee-ah ahr-tis; English ahrz grey-shee-uh ahr-tis, ahrs] /ˈɑrs ˈgrɑ tiˌɑ ˈɑr tɪs; English ˈɑrz ˈgreɪ ʃi ə ˈɑr tɪs, ɑrs/
Latin.
1.
art for art's sake.
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  • “Horrible idea for a man to wish to be embalmed,” said artis, brutally.

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  • I say so at once,” cried artis, “that there may be no mistake.

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  • But,” said artis, quickly, “is the large sum in notes here—in this place?

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  • “Yes; you can show us the treasure,” cried artis, with a half-laugh.

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  • “Give him time,” said artis, who looked nervous and strange.

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  • artis looked at the butler narrowly, as his eyes wandered from one to the other.

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  • “Rather strange that the Colonel should have given you a set,” said artis.

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Contemporary definitions for artis
noun phrase

art for the sake of art

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The Impressionists's motto was 'ars gratia artis'.

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