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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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English

Pronunciation

/ˈɑːɹt.fʊl/

Adjective

  1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
  2. Artificial; imitative.
  3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
  4. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.]

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