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art +‎ -ful


  • IPA(key): /ˈɑːɹt.fəl/
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artful (comparative more artful, superlative most artful)

  1. Cunning; tending toward indirect dealings; crafty.
    • 2012 June 29, Kevin Mitchell, “Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau”, in The Guardian[1], archived from the original on 15 November 2016:
      Where the Czech upstart [Lukáš] Rosol, ranked 100 in the world, all but blew [Rafael] Nadal's head off with his blunderbuss in a fifth set of unrivalled intensity on Thursday night, [Julien] 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.
  2. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill.
  3. Artificial; imitative.
  4. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.


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