artful

[ahrt-fuhl]
adjective
1.
slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky: artful schemes.
2.
skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious: an artful choice of metaphors and similes.
3.
done with or characterized by art or skill: artful acting; artful repairs.
4.
Archaic. artificial.

Origin:
1605–15; art1 + -ful

artfully, adverb
artfulness, noun
unartful, adjective
unartfully, adverb
unartfulness, noun
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artful (ˈɑːtfʊl)
 
adj
1.  cunning or tricky
2.  skilful in achieving a desired end
3.  archaic characterized by skill or art
4.  archaic artificial
 
'artfully
 
adv
 
'artfulness
 
n

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artful
"skilled in adapting means to ends," 1739, from art (n.) + -ful.
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Example sentences
His artful images relay the crucial connection between humanity and nature.
But there's a thrill in reading these stories-in the artful plots, the often
  baroque style, and the thick air of desperation.
Artful and fanciful children's books make frequent cameos around here.
Then came the hours practicing artful citrus peels, and the insouciance
  concerning drinks of raw egg whites.
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