artless

adjective art·less \ ˈärt-ləs \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of artless

1 : lacking art, knowledge, or skill : uncultured
  • an artless brute
2 a : 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

artlessly

adverb

artlessness

noun

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Examples of artless in a Sentence

  1. Her simple artless charm won us over instantly.

  2. a genuine and artless girl

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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.

First Known Use of artless

1586

Synonym Discussion of artless

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

ARTLESS Defined for English Language Learners

artless

adjective

Definition of artless for English Language Learners

  • : not false or artificial



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