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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Artful  \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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  artful 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {disingenuous}] 
  [ant:  {ingenuous}] 
  2:  marked  by  skill  in  achieving  a  desired  end  especially  with 
  cunning  or  craft;  "the  artful  dodger";  "an  artful  choice 
  of  metaphors"  [ant:  {artless}] 




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