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Definition of "artful" []

  • Exhibiting art or skill: "The furniture is an artful blend of antiques and reproductions” ( Michael W. Robbins). (adjective)
  • Skillful in accomplishing a purpose, especially by the use of cunning or craft. (adjective)
  • Artificial. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "artful" in a sentence
  • "She looks closely at the aqua and maroon forms stirring on the empty background, the seasons of her life written in artful prose across her face."
  • "Using the tilt of the Sixaxis, you stir the petal of a flower on the breeze, and as you touch other opening blooms on your way, your single pale curl is joined by gradually more colorful petals, eventually assembling the sort of floral cloud seen in artful visions of springtime cherry blossom breezes."
  • "Interrogation, at its most artful, is a contest of wits."