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Definition of ARTFUL

2 definitions found:

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

     2. Artificial; imitative. --Addison.
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     3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful. [1913 Webster]

              He [was] too artful a writer to set down events in exact historical order.               --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     4. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.] [1913 Webster]

              Artful in speech, in action, and in mind. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              The artful revenge of various animals. --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Cunning; skillful; adroit; dexterous; crafty; tricky; deceitful; designing. See {Cunning}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "artful":
     Byzantine, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adroit, ambidextrous, arch, astute, cagey, calculating, canny, chiseling, clever, collusive, covinous, crafty, crooked, cunning, cute, deceitful, deep, deep-laid, designing, devious, dexterous, diplomatic, dishonest, disingenuous, double, double-dealing, double-faced, double-minded, double-tongued, doublehearted, duplicitous, facile, faithless, false, false-principled, falsehearted, feline, finagling, forsworn, foxy, fraudulent, furtive, guileful, indirect, ingenious, insidious, insincere, inventive, knowing, oily, pawky, perfidious, perjured, politic, ready, resourceful, scheming, serpentine, sharp, shifty, shrewd, slick, slippery, sly, smooth, snaky, sneaky, sophistical, specious, stealthy, strategic, suave, subtile, subtle, superficial, supple, surreptitious, tactical, treacherous, trickish, tricksy, tricky, two-faced, uncandid, underhand, underhanded, unfrank, unsincere, untruthful, vulpine, wary, wily

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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