from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having or displaying no guile or deceit; honest or sincere: synonym: naive.
- adjective Free of artificiality; natural.
- adjective Lacking art, knowledge, or skill; uncultured and ignorant.
- adjective Poorly made or done; crude.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Unskilful; wanting art, knowledge, or skill.
- Without knowledge of art; ignorant of the fine arts.
- Showing no artistic skill; inartistic; rude.
- Free from guile, craft, or stratagem; simple; sincere; unaffected; undesigning; unsophisticated: as, an artless mind.
- Synonyms Guileless, open, candid, frank, natural, unaffected, ingenuous, simple-minded, naıve, honest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Wanting art, knowledge, or skill; ignorant; unskillful.
- adjective rare Contrived without skill or art; inartistic.
- adjective Free from guile, art, craft, or stratagem; characterized by simplicity and sincerity; sincere; guileless; ingenuous; honest
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Having or displaying no
guile, cunning, or deceit.
- adjective Free of
- adjective Lacking
art, knowledge, or skill; unculturedand ignorant.
Poorlymade or done; crude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective showing lack of art
- adjective simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
- adjective (of persons) lacking art or knowledge
- adjective characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
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Madame Draga's establishment was a meeting-ground for naked truths and over-dressed fictions, and it was here, the Woman felt, that she might make a final effort to recall the artless mendacity of past days.
The scene, so highly interesting to those who witnessed it, was to him insupportable, and he had left the room in agony, bitterly inveighing against his own folly, for having suffered it to take place, and secretly denouncing future vengeance upon the usurper of his rights, for so he basely termed the artless Yamboo.
It is fair to call the narrative a technology because it is frequently described as "artless"; that is, it seems to work without the application of a designing mind.
In Sky I first observed the use of Brogues, a kind of artless shoes, stitched with thongs so loosely, that though they defend the foot from stones, they do not exclude water.
They are "artless" only insofar as they embody an aesthetic distinct from the abbey's inventory of images made by professional artists.
I wrote "artless" as a politer way of saying that it seems simple-minded and vulgar to hope that one's friends look like movie stars.
His own scores reveal him as the most artful of 'artless' composers.
Yet in spite of this dreadful tenue he greeted me without embarrassment and indeed with a kind of artless pleasure.
 'In Sky I first observed the use of brogues, a kind of artless shoes, stitched with thongs so loosely, that, though they defend the foot from stones, they do not exclude water.'
Beside this group of, in every sense of the word, 'artless' little country girls, I will now set one -- in the best sense of the word -- 'artful' little country girl, -- a sketch by Gainsborough.
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