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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Polpette were artless spheres of cooked ground beef without enough salt or spice to give them life. Bill Addison,, "The pizzeria in ‘Eat Pray Love’ has a new Hollywood knockoff. It’s a flop.," 11 July 2019 Brittany Murphy plays an artless, dorky pageant contestant named Lisa, and Amy Adams is Leslie, a contestant who occupies the obligatory role of slutty cheerleader. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Which Is Finally Streaming, Is Possibly My Favorite Movie of All Time," 5 July 2019 The lyrics are as unadorned as her pole-work is impressive, a juxtaposition of plain, artless language and strenuous performance. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best Music Videos of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 20 June 2019 The diction is simple, the writing artless; the world of the novel, told in a basic third-person voice, claustrophobic. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, "#KoreaToo," 7 Mar. 2019 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

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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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