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ARTFUL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does artful mean? 

ARTFUL (adjective)
  The adjective ARTFUL has 2 senses:

1. not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness
2. marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

  Familiarity information: ARTFUL used as an adjective is rare.


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ARTFUL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness

Synonyms:

artful; disingenuous

Context examples:

an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time / a disingenuous excuse

Similar:

distorted; misrepresented; perverted; twisted (having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented)

Also:

insincere (lacking sincerity)


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Meaning:

Marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

Context examples:

the artful dodger / an artful choice of metaphors

Similar:

deep (exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy)

adroit; clever; ingenious (skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends)

Byzantine (characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious)

crafty; cunning; dodgy; foxy; guileful; knavish; slick; sly; tricksy; tricky; wily (marked by skill in deception)

cute; precious (obviously contrived to charm)

designing; scheming (concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest)

pawky (cunning and sly)

elusive; evasive (skillful at eluding capture)

manipulative (skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage)

Also:

adroit (quick or skillful or adept in action or thought)

Antonym:

artless (simple and natural; without cunning or deceit)


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