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artless

[ahrt-lis] /ˈɑrt lɪs/
adjective
1.
free from deceit, cunning, or craftiness; ingenuous:
an artless child.
2.
not artificial; natural; simple; uncontrived:
artless beauty; artless charm.
3.
lacking art, knowledge, or skill.
4.
poorly made; inartistic; clumsy; crude:
an artless translation.
Origin of artless
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; art1 + -less
Related forms
artlessly, adverb
artlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. naive, unsophisticated, guileless, open, frank, plain, unaffected, candid, sincere.
Antonyms
1. cunning.
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  • Milza endeavoured, in her own artless way, to soothe the distress her words had excited.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Flora, who had been spoiled and artless long ago, was determined to be spoiled and artless now.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Some of the inscriptions were so artless as to provoke a smile.

  • "I thought you knowed everything, father," said the artless boy.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Edwin had received from nature the gift of an honest and artless eloquence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • So artless and innocent then, now so subtle and significant!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The cynical town runs to artless art as an antidote to its own poison.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for artless

artless

/ˈɑːtlɪs/
adjective
1.
free from deceit, guile, or artfulness; ingenuous: an artless remark
2.
natural, without artifice; unpretentious: artless elegance
3.
without art or skill
Derived Forms
artlessly, adverb
artlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for artless
adj.

1580s, "unskillful," from art (n.) + -less. Later also "uncultured" (1590s); then "unartificial, natural" (1670s) and "guileless, ingenuous" (1714). Related: Artlessly; artlessness.

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