artless

[ahrt-lis]
adjective
1.
free from deceit, cunning, or craftiness; ingenuous: an artless child.
2.
not artificial; natural; simple; uncontrived: artless beauty; artless charm.
3.
lacking art, knowledge, or skill.
4.
poorly made; inartistic; clumsy; crude: an artless translation.

Origin:
1580–90; art1 + -less

artlessly, adverb
artlessness, noun


1. naive, unsophisticated, guileless, open, frank, plain, unaffected, candid, sincere.


1. cunning.
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artless (ˈɑːtlɪs)
 
adj
1.  free from deceit, guile, or artfulness; ingenuous: an artless remark
2.  natural, without artifice; unpretentious: artless elegance
3.  without art or skill
 
'artlessly
 
adv
 
'artlessness
 
n

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artless
1580s, "unskillful," from art + -less. Later also "uncultured" (1590s); then "unartificial, natural" (1670s) and "guileless, ingenuous" (1714).
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Example sentences
His pictures can seem at a superficial glance mundane, even artless.
Offers details of individual battles and eighteenth century army life in artless and uninhibited accounts.
Rustic was appropriate to rural environments, but neither rude nor artless.
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