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art·ful

 (ärt′fəl)
adj.
1. Exhibiting art or skill: "The furniture is an artful blend of antiques and reproductions" (Michael W. Robbins).
2. Skillful in accomplishing a purpose, especially by the use of cunning or craft.
3. Artificial.

art′ful·ly adv.
art′ful·ness n.

artful

(ˈɑːtfʊl)
adj
1. cunning or tricky
2. skilful in achieving a desired end
3. archaic characterized by skill or art
4. archaic artificial
ˈartfully adv
ˈartfulness n

art•ful

(ˈɑrt fəl)

adj.
1. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky.
2. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious.
3. done with or characterized by art or skill.
4. Archaic. artificial.
[1605–15]
art′ful•ly, adv.
art′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.artful - not straightforward or candidartful - 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"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"
2.artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craftartful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
adroit - quick or skillful or adept in action or thought; "an exceptionally adroit pianist"; "an adroit technician"; "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers"; "an adroit negotiator"
artless - simple and natural; without cunning or deceit; "an artless manner"; "artless elegance"

artful

adjective
1. cunning, designing, scheming, sharp, smart, clever, subtle, intriguing, tricky, shrewd, sly, wily, politic, crafty, foxy, deceitful the smiles and artifices of a subtly artful woman
cunning open, simple, frank, straightforward, artless, ingenuous
2. skilful, masterly, smart, clever, subtle, ingenious, adept, resourceful, proficient, adroit, dexterous There is also an artful contrast of shapes.
skilful clumsy, unskilled, artless, untalented, unadept

artful

adjective
1. Showing art or skill in performing or doing:
2. Deceitfully clever:
Translations
ماكِر، حاذِق، ماهِر
rafinovanývynalézavý
snedigudspekuleret
kænn, slægur

artful

[ɑːtfʊl] ADJ
1. (= cunning) [person, trick] → astuto, taimado, ladino (esp LAm)
2. (= skilful) → ingenioso
an artful way of doing sthuna forma ingeniosa de hacer algo

artful

[ˈɑːrtfʊl] adjrusé(e)

artful

adj person, trickraffiniert, schlau; artful dodgerSchlawiner m (inf)

artful

[ˈɑːtfʊl] adj (person) → furbo/a, abile; (trick) → abile

art

(aːt) noun
1. painting and sculpture. I'm studying art at school; Do you like modern art?; (also adjective) an art gallery, an art college.
2. any of various creative forms of expression. painting, music, dancing, writing and the other arts.
3. an ability or skill; the (best) way of doing something. the art of conversation/war.
ˈartful adjective
clever; having a lot of skill (usually in a bad sense). an artful thief.
ˈartfully adverb
ˈartfulness noun
arts noun plural
(often with capital) languages, literature, history, as opposed to scientific subjects.
References in classic literature ?
This artful allusion to benefits conferred brought Tupman to his feet, looking as if he had quite made up his mind.
It was then that Cora saw the form of Magua gliding among his countrymen, and speaking with his fatal and artful eloquence.
Some pictures--that looked old, and had a mellow tinge diffused through all their artful splendor--hung on the walls.
He began, straight off, in the most innocently artful, and transparent, and lubberly way, to lead up to the subject of agriculture.
Let us examine into this, and observe the exquisitely artful artlessness of the plan.
He was cruel enough to in- flict the severest punishment, artful enough to de- scend to the lowest trickery, and obdurate enough to be insensible to the voice of a reproving conscience.
You shall find me as stubborn as you can be artful.
Brocklehurst's eye into an artful, noxious child, and what could I do to remedy the injury?
I rather think his appearance there was distasteful to Catherine; she was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide, as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to her.
That, these lists could not be proved to be in the prisoner's handwriting; but that it was all the same; that, indeed, it was rather the better for the prosecution, as showing the prisoner to be artful in his precautions.
But the great effect of the evening came after the Roast and Boiled, when the fiddler (an artful dog, mind.
Sarah Pocket and Georgiana contended who should remain last; but, Sarah was too knowing to be outdone, and ambled round Georgiana with that artful slipperiness, that the latter was obliged to take precedence.