artless

adjective

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

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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

Examples of artless in a Sentence

Her simple artless charm won us over instantly. a genuine and artless girl
Recent Examples on the Web His desire to control his own story may account for why his book about his years hiding under the fatwa, 2012’s Joseph Anton: A Memoir, was so artless, a tome of grievances and gripes; that was Great Man Rushdie laying claim to his own existence as intellectual property. Sanjena Sathian, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2024 Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo are Patricia and Michel, the gamine and the criminal, simultaneously artless and deliberate. Ew Staff, EW.com, 7 May 2024 His pictures look perfectly artless, the opposite of the decisive moment and the epitome of the snapshot aesthetic. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 Cosentino has a rich, burly voice that’s unpretentious without feeling artless. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 On some slow or rainy day, when the tennis at Wimbledon is banging and artless as a metronome or suspended by weather, do yourself a favor. Sally Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, 3 July 2023 But where scenes set in the past take care to flesh out the characters beyond their present predicaments — with, for instance, frequent flashbacks to formative moments from Edwin and Clive’s childhood — the present-day sequences feel artless in their singlemindedness. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2023 On a frigid day where bright sunshine belied the miserable baseball conditions, a trio of timers positioned around the field at Nationals Park provided historic accompaniment to an artless struggle. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2023 Its plain, sizable maw seems a bit artless. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 11 June 2022

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Word History

Etymology

art entry 1 + -less

First Known Use

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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“Artless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artless. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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artless

adjective
art·​less ˈärt-ləs How to pronounce artless (audio)
1
: lacking art, knowledge, or skill : uncultured
2
a
: made without skill
an artless attempt to win
b
: being simple and sincere : natural
artless grace
3
: not trying to deceive others
artlessly adverb
artlessness noun

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