Origin of artful
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Free from strict rules, Japanese distillers are making innovative, artful concoctions.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
He was as striking in person as he is on screen—thin, white v-neck t-shirt, two-day scruff, artful bedhead.Robert Pattinson’s Life After ‘Twilight’
June 13, 2014
All this artful excess seems intended to disorient and disinhibit guests descending from the busy theater district above.Interactive Play ‘Queen of the Night’ Opens at Restored Diamond Horseshoe Club
December 31, 2013
With her artful fusion of fact and fiction, Phillips pulls off a rare sense of lightness and grace at the end of the novel.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
For this ensemble, Britney matched silky black pants with an artful, geometric corset.Britney Spears's 10 Looks in "Work Bitch"
October 2, 2013
To be "infirm of purpose" is to be at the mercy of the artful or at the disposal of accident.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
If she fell, should he not save his friend from being the dupe of an artful intriguante?Calderon The Courtier
Is incensed against him for his artful dealings with her, and for his selfish love.
She raves at him for the artful manner in which he urges Clarissa to marry him.
A preconcerted, forward, and artful flight, it must undoubtedly appear to them.
- cunning or tricky
- skilful in achieving a desired end
- archaic characterized by skill or art
- archaic artificial
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Word Origin and History for artful
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