Article vs Commodity - What's the difference?

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In obsolete terms the difference between article and commodity

is that article is to accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations while commodity is self-interest; personal convenience or advantage.

As nouns the difference between article and commodity

is that article is a part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set while commodity is convenience; usefulness, suitability.

As a verb article

is to bind by articles of apprenticeship.




(en noun)
  • A part or segment of something joined to other parts, or, in combination, forming a structured set.
  • * Paley
  • upon each article of human duty
  • * Habington
  • each article of time
  • * E. Darwin
  • the articles which compose the blood
  • A story, report, or opinion piece in a newspaper, magazine, journal, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=Lee A. Groat, volume=100, issue=2, page=128, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Gemstones , passage=Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are
  • A member of a group or class
  • An object.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=There were many wooden chairs for the bulk of his visitors, and two wicker armchairs with red cloth cushions for superior people. From the packing-cases had emerged some Indian clubs, […], and all these articles  […] made a scattered and untidy decoration that Mrs. Clough assiduously dusted and greatly cherished.}}
  • (grammar) A part of speech that indicates, specifies and limits a noun (a'', ''an'', or ''the'' in English). In some languages the article''' may appear as an ending (e.g. definite ' article in Swedish) or there may be none (e.g. Russian, Pashto).
  • A section of a legal document, bylaws, etc.
  • (derogatory) A person.
  • * {{quote-news, 2001, August 4, Lynne Walker, Classical: Musical portrait of the artist as a young man, The Independent citation
  • , passage="You dateless article ," stormed his father, leaving Bennett to realise in his laconic way that he was, and probably always would be, a disappointment to Dad.}}
  • A wench. A prime article = A handsome girl.
  • (dated) Subject matter; concern.
  • * Addison
  • a very great revolution that happened in this article of good breeding
  • * Daniel Defoe
  • This last article will hardly be believed.
  • (dated) A distinct part.
  • (obsolete) A precise point in time; a moment.
  • * Evelyn
  • This fatal news coming to Hick's Hall upon the article of my Lord Russell's trial, was said to have had no little influence on the jury and all the bench to his prejudice.

    Derived terms

    * charticle * listicle * definite article * indefinite article


  • To bind by articles of apprenticeship.
  • to article an apprentice to a mechanic
  • * 1876 , Sabine Baring-Gould, The Vicar of Morwenstow ,
  • When the boy left school at Liskeard, he was articled to a lawyer, Mr. Jacobson, at Plymouth, a wealthy man in good practice, first cousin to his mother; but this sort of profession did not at all approve itself to Robert's taste, and he only remained with Mr. Jacobson a few months.
  • (obsolete) To accuse or charge by an exhibition of articles or accusations.
  • * 1665 , Samuel Pepys, Diary ,
  • At noon dined alone with Sir W. Batten, where great discourse of Sir W. Pen, Sir W. Batten being, I perceive, quite out of love with him, thinking him too great and too high, and began to talk that the world do question his courage, upon which I told him plainly I have been told that he was articled against for it, and that Sir H. Vane was his great friend therein.
  • * Stat. 33 Geo. III
  • He shall be articled against in the high court of admiralty.
  • To formulate in articles; to set forth in distinct particulars.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • If all his errors and follies were articled against him, the man would seem vicious and miserable.

    Derived terms

    * articled clerk


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    Alternative forms

    * commoditie (archaic )


  • (obsolete) Convenience; usefulness, suitability.
  • Anything movable (a good) that is bought and sold.
  • * 1995 , James G. Carrier, Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700 , p.122
  • If a key part of shopping is the conversion of anonymous commodities into possessions, shopping is a cultural as much as an economic activity.
  • * 2001 , Rachel Pain, Introducing Social Geographies , p.26
  • In human geography "commodities'" usually refers to goods and services which are bought and sold. The simplest ' commodities are those produced by the production system just before they are sold.
  • * 2005 , William Leiss, Botterill, Jacki, Social Communication in Advertising: Consumption in the Mediated Marketplace , p.307
  • *:* Referring to the work of Bourdieu, Zukin (2004,38) notes that shopping is much more than the purchase of commodities
  • Something useful or valuable.
  • * 2008 , Jan. 14th, Somerset County Gazette
  • And Slade said: "It really makes me sad that football club chairmen and boards seem to have lost that most precious commodity - patience. "Sam's sacking at Newcastle had, I suppose, been on the cards for a while, but it is really ridiculous to fire a manager after such a short time.
  • (obsolete) Self-interest; personal convenience or advantage.
  • *, I.40:
  • Shall we employ the intelligence Heaven hath bestowed upon us for our greatest good, to our ruine? repugning natures desseign and the universal order and vicissitude of things, which implieth that every man should use his instruments and meanes for his owne commoditie ?
  • *, NYRB, 2001, vol.1, p.321:
  • they commonly respect their own ends, commodity is the steer of all their action.
  • (economics) Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
  • The price of crude oil is determined in continuous trading between professional players in World's many commodities exchanges.
  • (marketing) Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit margin, as distinguished from branded products.
  • Although they were once in the forefront of consumer electronics, the calculators have become a mere commodity .
  • (Marxism) Anything which has both a use-value and an exchange-value.