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- n. The state or quality of being artless.
- n. The state or quality of being innocent; naivete.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being artless, or void of art or guile; simplicity; sincerity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being artless; simplicity; sincerity; unaffectedness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of innocent naivete
- n. ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit
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‘Oh! a beautiful cousin, Mr. Caveton!’ replies the young lady, with that perfect artlessness which is the distinguishing characteristic of all young ladies; ‘an affair, of course.’
Canalis, like Nodier, enchants the reader by an artlessness which is genuine in the prose writer and artificial in the poet, by his tact, his smile, the shedding of his rose-leaves, in short by his infantile philosophy.
Her golden-brown shining hair waved back from a side parting with that carefully contrived artlessness which is the crowning achievement of a coiffeur, and in colour it exactly matched her soft frock, which was of the sports variety with a finely pleated skirt.
'Oh! a beautiful cousin, Mr. Caveton!' replies the young lady, with that perfect artlessness which is the distinguishing characteristic of all young ladies; 'an affair, of course.'
In contrast to the image of the poet as the orderer, the craftsman, the poets of the _Fragments_ have a kind of artlessness (to us a very studied one, to be sure) that gave them an aura of sincerity and honesty.
During the first twenty minutes or so, I wasn't sure I would make it through the entire movie -- it was, I thought, similar in style to a kind of movie I find unbearable: a style based on long handheld shots, a soundtrack that contains little or no music and lots of environmental sounds characters breathing, eating, walking, and a general attitude that seems to fetishize "artlessness", though offers little to replace the art it so disdains.
But this is not all; beneath the wonderful singing quality are form, compression, reserve force, meaning; the spontaneity now is that apparent artlessness which is the triumph of the lyrical art. "
Thurston Moore's music has ridden far on his goofy charm and teenage enthusiasms, his apparent artlessness arguably his strongest suit.
This, this is why, with the artlessness of a little child, kneeling in quiet faith before this Scripture, I rejoice in my soul and thank God.
Whether you think his calculated artlessness reinvented British urban music or just took the mickey a bit, Skinner has remained true to himself.