artful


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Artful \Art"ful\, a. [From Art.]
   1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
      [Archaic] "Artful strains." "Artful terms." --Milton.
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   2. Artificial; imitative. --Addison.
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   3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance;
      dexterous; skillful.
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            He [was] too artful a writer to set down events in
            exact historical order.               --Dryden.
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   4. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing;
      crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.]
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            Artful in speech, in action, and in mind. --Pope.
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            The artful revenge of various animals. --Darwin.
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   Syn: Cunning; skillful; adroit; dexterous; crafty; tricky;
        deceitful; designing. See Cunning.
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