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Definition 1: marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where artful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the artful dodger
  • an artful choice of metaphors

(artful is similar to ...) marked by skill in deception

"cunning men often pass for wise" "deep political machinations" "a foxy scheme" "a slick evasive answer" "sly as a fox" "tricky Dick" "a wily old attorney"

(artful is similar to ...) obviously contrived to charm

"an insufferably precious performance" "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"

(artful is similar to ...) concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest

"a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue" "a scheming wife" "a scheming gold digger"

(artful is similar to ...) exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy

"deep political machinations" "a deep plot"

(artful is similar to ...) skillful at eluding capture

"a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"

(artful is similar to ...) skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage

"the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child"

(artful is similar to ...) cunning and sly

"the pawky rich old lady who incessantly scores off her parasitical descendants"

(means also ...) quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

"an exceptionally adroit pianist" "an adroit technician" "his adroit replies to hecklers won him many followers" "an adroit negotiator"

Definition 2: not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of frankness - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where artful or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine, and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the most disagreeable traits of his time
  • a disingenuous excuse

Synonyms for artful in the sense of this definition

(artful is similar to ...) having an intended meaning altered or misrepresented

"many of the facts seemed twisted out of any semblance to reality" "a perverted translation of the poem"

(means also ...) lacking sincerity

"a charming but thoroughly insincere woman" "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

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