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art +‎ -less



artless (comparative more artless, superlative most artless)

  1. Having or displaying no guile, cunning, or deceit.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:naive
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:naive
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] 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.