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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.
    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:
      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.
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 19, in The History of Pendennis. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
      What passions our friendships were in those old days, how artless and void of doubt!
  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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