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artless

[ahrt-lis] /ˈɑrt lɪs/
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
1580-1590
1580-90; art1 + -less
Related forms
artlessly, adverb
artlessness, noun
Synonyms
1. naive, unsophisticated, guileless, open, frank, plain, unaffected, candid, sincere.
Antonyms
1. cunning.
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British Dictionary definitions for artlessness

artless

/ˈɑːtlɪs/
adjective
1.
free from deceit, guile, or artfulness; ingenuous an artless remark
2.
natural, without artifice; unpretentious artless elegance
3.
without art or skill
Derived Forms
artlessly, adverb
artlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for artlessness

artless

adj.

1580s, "unskillful," from art (n.) + -less. Later also "uncultured" (1590s); then "unartificial, natural" (1670s) and "guileless, ingenuous" (1714). Related: Artlessly; artlessness.

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