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English adjective: artful

1. artful not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness

SamplesAn ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time.
A disingenuous excuse.


Similardistorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted

See alsoinsincere

Antonymsartless, ingenuous

2. artful marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft

SamplesThe artful dodger.
An artful choice of metaphors.

Similarcrafty, cunning, cute, deep, designing, dodgy, elusive, foxy, guileful, knavish, manipulative, pawky, precious, scheming, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily

See alsoadroit


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