meaning of artful

artful meaning in General Dictionary

Performed with or described as art or ability

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  • perhaps not simple or candid; offering a false look of frankness
  • marked by skill in attaining a desired end especially with cunning or art
  • Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
  • synthetic; imitative.
  • utilizing or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
  • Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of working; crafty; because, an artful boy. [the most common good sense.]

artful meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1610s, "learned, well-versed in the (liberal) arts," in addition "characterized by technical ability," from art (letter.) + -ful. Meaning "skilled in adjusting way to ends" is from 1739. Associated: Artfully; artfulness.


artful meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Performed with, or described as, art or skill.

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  • (a.) synthetic; imitative.
  • (a.) Making use of or displaying much art, ability, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
  • (a.) Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of working; crafty; since, an artful man. [the most common feeling.]

Sentence Examples with the word artful

Although Andronicus was at that time fifty-six years old, age had not diminished his charms, and Theodora became the next victim of his artful seduction.

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