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Meaning of ARTFUL

Pronunciation:  'ârtful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
  2. [adj]  not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time"- David Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse"

ARTFUL is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: adroit, Byzantine, clever, crafty, cunning, cute, deep, designing, disingenuous, distorted, dodgy, elusive, evasive, foxy, guileful, ingenious, knavish, manipulative, misrepresented, pawky, perverted, precious, scheming, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, twisted, wily
 Antonyms: artless, ingenuous
 See Also: insincere



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Art"ful\, a. [From {Art}.]
1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
   [Archaic] ``Artful strains.'' ``Artful terms.'' --Milton.

2. Artificial; imitative. --Addison.

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

         He [was] too artful a writer to set down events in
         exact historical order.               --Dryden.

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

         Artful in speech, in action, and in mind. --Pope.

         The artful revenge of various animals. --Darwin.

Syn: Cunning; skillful; adroit; dexterous; crafty; tricky;
     deceitful; designing. See {Cunning}.

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