artful definition

  • adjective:
    • Exhibiting art or ability: "The furniture is an artful blend of collectibles and reproductions” ( Michael W. Robbins).
    • Skillful in achieving a purpose, specifically by the use of cunning or craft.
    • Artificial.
    • Performed with, or characterized by, art or ability.
    • Artificial; imitative.
    • utilizing or displaying much art, ability, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
    • Performed with, or described as, art or ability.
    • Artificial; imitative.
    • utilizing or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
    • Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty. [The usual good sense.]
    • maybe not simple or candid; offering a false look of frankness
    • marked by skill in achieving a desired end particularly with cunning or craft
  • others:
    • through with or characterized by art or skill.
    • Artificial, as opposed to natural; produced or producing by art: as, “too artful a writer,” Dryden, Life of Virgil.
    • Skilful, Of people, skilful in adjusting way to stops; adroit.
    • Of things, skilfully adjusted; innovative; clever.
    • Cunning; crafty; practising or described as art or stratagem: since, “the Artful Dodger,” Dickens, Oliver Twist.
    • Synonyms Cunning, Artful, Sly, an such like. (identify cunning), deceitful, politic, shifty, insidious.

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