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artless

Syllabification: art·less
Pronunciation: /ˈärtləs
 
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Definition of artless in English:

adjective

1Without guile or deception: an artless, naive girl artless sincerity
More example sentences
  • My dictionary defines naivety as ‘The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.’
  • Regarding the speaker's motive, it implies an artless lack of calculation or an active desire to tell unpleasant truths.
  • When meeting the faculty at Wellesley, Roberts is artless enough to admit she has never been to Europe.
1.1Without effort or pretentiousness; natural and simple: an artless literary masterpiece
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  • There's something awful about even a minor car accident, the way the order of the road, which we assume until the moment of impact is natural and artless, suddenly vanishes; the yelling; the horrible noises.
  • The basic designs of the bags are simple and seemingly artless - a clutch is a rectangle and a pink velvet holdall the simplest container with the handles made of knotted lengths of fabric.
  • As the main quality which Ellen Terry brought to these roles, in addition to her beauty, grace, and charm, was a seemingly artless naturalness and spontaneity, her success tended to be in ratio to the congruence between her and the part.
Synonyms
1.2Without skill or finesse: her awkward, artless prose
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  • Reading their artless, jargon-infested prose, I was seized by a sudden urge to inflict violence on them in a concrete underpass or back alley.
  • There's a winning earnestness to her book - she clearly loves her husband and child and the town she's chosen to live in - but her prose is clunky and artless.
  • Socialist poetry: two words to conjure images of earnest but artless efforts by would-be Woody Guthries.

Derivatives

artlessly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘I'm in love with your brother,’ Karin's narrator states artlessly, before asking: ‘Is he willing?’
  • You can see how Bettany would charm Crowe, film directors and Oscar-winning actresses because the actor is exuberant company, studiously modest and still artlessly open.
  • It's artlessly written and hideously proofed.

Words that rhyme with artless

armless

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