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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 ?
I should not call her DIShonest; but it must be confessed she's a little artful.
John Dawkins, otherwise the Artful Dodger, appeared.
Vernon, I think, was a great deal too kind to her when he was in Staffordshire; her behaviour to him, independent of her general character, has been so inexcusably artful and ungenerous since our marriage was first in agitation that no one less amiable and mild than himself could have overlooked it all; and though, as his brother's widow, and in narrow circumstances, it was proper to render her pecuniary assistance, I cannot help thinking his pressing invitation to her to visit us at Churchhill perfectly unnecessary.
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.
And let them not imagine, either--as they are also fond of doing--that they are very wise and philosophical and that it is a very artful thing to be contented.
But forasmuch as she knowed that Simmun, if united to any designing and artful minxes
They had always thought her disagreeable; they now thought her artful and proud; having quite as good grounds for that judgment as you and I probably have for many strong opinions of the same kind.
I detest such creatures; and it would be much better for them that their faces had been seamed with the smallpox; but I must confess, I never saw any of this wanton behaviour in poor Jenny: some artful villain, I am convinced, hath betrayed, nay perhaps forced her; and I pity the poor wretch with all my heart.
Stiff-necked and artful, like the ass, have ye always been, as the advocates of the people.
Now therefore the artful Irregular whom I described above as the real author of this diabolical Bill, determined at one blow to lower the status of the Hierarchy by forcing them to submit to the pollution of Colour, and at the same time to destroy their domestic opportunities of training in the Art of Sight Recognition, so as to enfeeble their intellects by depriving them of their pure and colourless homes.
He soon quitted Bath; and on Mrs Clay's quitting it soon afterwards, and being next heard of as established under his protection in London, it was evident how double a game he had been playing, and how determined he was to save himself from being cut out by one artful woman, at least.
At last he succeeded in calming her, only by confessing that a feeling of pity, in conjunction with the wine he had drunk, had been too much for him, that he had succumbed to Anna's artful influence, and that he would avoid her.