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art +‎ -ful



artful ‎(comparative more artful, superlative most artful)

  1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
  2. Artificial; imitative.
  3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
  4. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.]
    • 2012 June 29, Kevin Mitchell, “Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau”, the Guardian:
      Where the Czech upstart Rosol, ranked 100 in the world, all but blew Nadal's head off with his blunderbuss in a fifth set of unrivalled intensity on Thursday night, Benneteau, a more artful citizen, used a rapier to hurt his vaunted foe before falling just short of a kill. In the end, it was he who staggered from the scene of the fight.


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