Definitions for: Artful

[adj] marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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