art·​less | \ ˈärt-ləs How to pronounce artless (audio) \

Definition of artless

1 : lacking art, knowledge, or skill : uncultured an artless brute
2a : made without skill : crude an artless attempt to win votes
b : free from artificiality : natural artless grace
3 : free from guile or craft : sincerely simple an artless young woman

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Other Words from artless

artlessly adverb
artlessness noun

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natural, ingenuous, naive, unsophisticated, artless mean free from pretension or calculation. natural implies lacking artificiality and self-consciousness and having a spontaneousness suggesting the natural rather than the man-made world. her unaffected, natural manner ingenuous implies inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings or intentions. the ingenuous enthusiasm of children naive suggests lack of worldly wisdom often connoting credulousness and unchecked innocence. politically naive unsophisticated implies a lack of experience and training necessary for social ease and adroitness. unsophisticated adolescents artless suggests a naturalness resulting from unawareness of the effect one is producing on others. artless charm

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Artless, ingenuous, and naive all refer to freedom from pretension or calculation, but there are subtle differences in their uses. Ingenuous implies an inability to disguise or conceal one's feelings, while naive suggests a credulous lack of worldly wisdom. Artless generally indicates an appearance of utter naturalness, one in which a person is (or seems to be) innocent of the effect of his or her speech or behavior on others.

Examples of artless in a Sentence

Her simple artless charm won us over instantly. a genuine and artless girl

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Parcellin’s mostly black-and-white film revisits them, its artless, propulsive style like that of the music itself. Peter Keough,, "Punk rocking on both sides of the pond in ‘Boys From Nowhere’ and ‘Here to Be Heard’," 17 May 2018 The words were printed on the magazine’s pages, strangely artless and awkward in their appearance, next to images of Bourgeois’s sculptural work. Vogue, "Louise Bourgeois’s Latest Show Is a Must-See for Women in the Digital Age," 29 Sep. 2017 But once, an artist residency meant something very different: being embedded squarely within regular life, an experience meant both to inspire artists and to infuse what were seen as artless environments with creativity. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation?," 12 Sep. 2017 Its host—once the jerk who dismissed Khizr Khan as a Democratic Party prop—now scans as artless, a little oafish, congenitally straight-shooting, inherently trustworthy. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "News. Traffic. Weather. Trump.," 21 July 2017 The caricature of the artless American, like that of the ambassador, has its basis in truth. Peter Savodnik, The Hive, "How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool," 20 July 2017 In reality, these countries are hardly exemplars, as suggested by the American intellectual and pundit class, but rather are flawed places unlikely to displace America’s global leadership, even under the artless Trump. Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register, "Is America now second-rate?," 18 June 2017 At all times, Mr. Lynch’s paintings look breathless, effortless and artless. Martha Schwendener And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "A Fatigue-Free Guide to Frieze New York," 4 May 2017 The musical result is at once direct and accessible, tonal and melodic, sophisticated and artless. John Von Rhein,, "Grant Park premiere dances to the joyous Caribbean beat of 'Missa Latina'," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of artless

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of artless was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of artless

: not false or artificial

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