Antonyms of adj artful

2 senses of artful

Sense 1
disingenuous (vs. ingenuous), artful -- (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")


Sense 2
artful (vs. artless) -- (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors")

artless (vs. artful) -- (simple and natural; without cunning or deceit; "an artless manner"; "artless elegance")
        => careless -- (effortless and unstudied; "an impression of careless elegance"; "danced with careless grace")

Similarity of adj artful

2 senses of artful

Sense 1
disingenuous (vs. ingenuous), artful -- (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")
       => distorted, misrepresented, perverted, twisted -- (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")
          Also See-> insincere#1

Sense 2
artful (vs. artless) -- (marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors")
       => crafty, cunning, dodgy, foxy, guileful, knavish, slick, sly, tricksy, tricky, wily -- (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")
       => cute, precious -- (obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms")
       => designing, scheming -- (concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest; "a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill; "a scheming wife"; "a scheming gold digger")
       => deep -- (exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy; "deep political machinations"; "a deep plot")
       => elusive -- (skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline)
       => manipulative -- (skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage; "the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child")
       => pawky -- (cunning and sly; "the pawky rich old lady who incessantly scores off her parasitical descendants"- Punch)
          Also See-> adroit#1

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