artlessness


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art·less

 (ärt′lĭs)
adj.
1. Having or displaying no guile or deceit; honest or sincere: an artless child. See Synonyms at naive.
2. Free of artificiality; natural: artless charm.
3. Lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant.
4. Poorly made or done; crude.

art′less·ly adv.
art′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.artlessness - the quality of innocent naiveteartlessness - the quality of innocent naivete  
naiveness, naivete, naivety - lack of sophistication or worldliness
innocency - an innocent quality or thing or act; "the innocencies of childhood"
2.artlessness - ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceitartlessness - ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit
ingenuousness - openly straightforward or frank
artfulness - the quality of being adroit in taking unfair advantage
Translations

artlessness

[ˈɑːtlɪsnɪs] N
1. (= straightforwardness) [of beauty] → naturalidad f; [of person, behaviour, comment] → ingenuidad f, falta f de malicia
2. (= clumsiness) → torpeza f

artlessness

nUnschuld f
References in classic literature ?
Every line is an idea conveying either the beauty and playfulness of the fawn, or the artlessness of the maiden, or her love, or her admiration, or her grief, or the fragrance and warmth and appropriateness of the little nest-like bed of lilies and roses which the fawn devoured as it lay upon them, and could scarcely be distinguished from them by the once happy little damsel who went to seek her pet with an arch and rosy smile on her face.
Artlessness will never do in love matters; and that girl is born a simpleton who has it either by nature or affectation.
"Why should others come between us?" she said with an artlessness of feeling that delighted Luigi.
Noticing that all eyes were turned on him he raised his head and smiled a smile of childlike artlessness.
Let us examine into this, and observe the exquisitely artful artlessness of the plan.
She had all the natural grace of sweetness of temper and artlessness in herself.
The vulgar freedom and folly of the eldest left her no recommendation, and as Elinor was not blinded by the beauty, or the shrewd look of the youngest, to her want of real elegance and artlessness, she left the house without any wish of knowing them better.
"That's the state of the case, for that much I've seen myself." And then they both stared at me, and I, with an obtrusive show of artlessness on my countenance, stared at them, and plaited the right leg of my trousers with my right hand.
By the merits of his sea-wise forefathers and by the artlessness of his heart, he was made fit to deliver this excellent discourse.
"I thought we were an old family; but this is all new!" she said, in her artlessness. She wished that she had not fallen in so readily with her mother's plans for "claiming kin," and had endeavoured to gain assistance nearer home.
So, in a word, Briggs told all her history, and Becky gave a narrative of her own life, with her usual artlessness and candour.
"It is very clear, notwithstanding," replied the young man, with an artlessness wholly free from affectation; "tell her some fine morning an unheard-of piece of intelligence -- some telegraphic despatch, of which you alone are in possession; for instance, that Henri IV.