artless

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art +‎ -less

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artless (comparative more artless, superlative most artless)

  1. Having or displaying no guile, cunning, or deceit.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      And why should I here suppress the delight I received from this amiable creature, in remarking each artless look, each motion of pure undissembled nature, betrayed by his wanton eyes
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume III, chapter 18:
      I am convinced of her being an artless, amiable girl, with very good notions, very seriously good principles, and placing her happiness in the affections and utility of domestic life.
  2. Free of artificiality; natural.
    This pendant has artless charm.
  3. Lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant.
  4. Poorly made or done; crude.

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