Definition of Artful

1. Adjective. Not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness. "A disingenuous excuse"

Exact synonyms: Disingenuous
Similar to: Distorted, Misrepresented, Perverted, Twisted
Also: Insincere
Derivative terms: Artfulness, Disingenuousness
Antonyms: Ingenuous



2. Adjective. Marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft. "An artful choice of metaphors"

Definition of Artful

1. a. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.

Definition of Artful

1. Adjective. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill. ¹

2. Adjective. Artificial; imitative. ¹

3. Adjective. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful. ¹

4. Adjective. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.] ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Artful

1. crafty [adj] : ARTFULLY [adv] - See also: crafty

Lexicographical Neighbors of Artful

artery to sciatic nerve
artery to the sinuatrial node
arterylike
artesian
artesian bore
artesian bores
artesian water
artesian well
artesian wells
artesunate
artesunates
artfest
artfests
artform
artforms
artful (current term)
artful pleading
artful pleadings
artfull
artfully
artfulness
artfulnesses
artgoing
arthen
arthoplasty
arthouse
arthouses
arthragra
arthral
arthralgia

Literary usage of Artful

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1845)
"artful address of the Lord Keeper against the Scots. CHAPTER LXIV. ... Finch's address was very artful; his great object being to divert indignation from ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"... of Jerusalem—His artful Persecution of the Christians—Mutual Zeal and Injustice Jj"si°»of THE character of Apostate has injured the reputation of Julian ..."

3. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"by an artful climax which enforc'd universal attention even from the fop» and orange girls. He was incapable of dancing even ..."

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