Synonyms & Antonyms of craft

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1 an occupation requiring skillful use of the hands
  • an expert in the craft of cabinetmaking

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4 skill in achieving one's ends through indirect, subtle, or underhanded means
  • celebrated in political circles for his craft, he's the legislator who knows how to get bills passed

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5 subtle or imaginative ability in inventing, devising, or executing something
  • a really ingenious household appliance that shows a lot of craft on the part of its inventors

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Synonyms of craft (Entry 2 of 2)

to put (something) into proper and usually carefully worked out written form
  • spent hours crafting the perfect letter of recommendation for her prize student

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How does the noun craft contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of craft are artifice, art, cunning, and skill. While all these words mean "the faculty of executing well what one has devised," craft may imply expertness in workmanship.

the craft of a master goldsmith

When is it sensible to use art instead of craft?

In some situations, the words art and craft are roughly equivalent. However, art implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power.

the art of choosing the right word

When could artifice be used to replace craft?

While in some cases nearly identical to craft, artifice suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature.

believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice

Where would cunning be a reasonable alternative to craft?

The words cunning and craft are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, cunning suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing.

a mystery plotted with great cunning

When would skill be a good substitute for craft?

The meanings of skill and craft largely overlap; however, skill stresses technical knowledge and proficiency.

the skill of a glassblower

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The first known use of craft was before the 12th century

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“Craft.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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