slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky:
skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious:
an artful choice of metaphors and similes.
done with or characterized by or skill:
artful acting; artful repairs.
I filled out all the necessary forms and artfully forged vaccination records so everything appeared up to date.
Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? Laura Bennett October 4, 2008
He artfully steps back from a social setting and criticizes it without—I suspect—without letting himself be vulnerable to it.
Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview Alex Belth February 15, 2014
But Decarnin’s tattered jeans and T-shirts were equally as expensive—think $1,000 for an artfully torn tank top.
Balmain’s Big Rip-Off Robin Givhan April 5, 2011
Bags of pasta, bowls of lemons, and five-gallon drums of organic olive oil are artfully laid out to entice diners.
Bon Jovi Rocks Hunger Laura Colarusso October 23, 2011
Perry needs to show improvement on style and substance and demonstrate he can talk “artfully” about the future, Wynn told me.
Rick Perry’s Missing Piece Jill Lawrence September 26, 2011
Not, perhaps, with full conviction of the truth of the suggestion so artfully arrayed before him.
The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864 Various
This is why you artfully concealed her name from me until you had won my promise!
Hidden Hand Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Streams and waterfalls pour down on all sides, this way and that, in artfully leveled beds.
The Golden Triangle Maurice Leblanc
“It can be a surprise for Aunt Polly,” suggested Meg artfully.
Four Little Blossoms at Brookside Farm Mabel C. Hawley
And yet this has been so artfully prepared for that we accept it as probable.
Americans All Various
cunning or tricky
skilful in achieving a desired end
(archaic) characterized by skill or art
1610s, “learned, well-versed in the (liberal) arts,” also “characterized by technical skill,” from art (n.) + -ful. Meaning “skilled in adapting means to ends” is from 1739. Related: Artfully; artfulness.
slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky: artful schemes. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious: an artful choice of metaphors and similes. done with or characterized by or skill: artful acting; artful repairs. Archaic. . Contemporary Examples There has been an almost Orwellian artfulness in the way need-blind admissions policies are sold. Did […]
variant of before a vowel.
pain in a joint. Historical Examples arthralgia—that is, pains in the joints—is also very common; it seldom occurs alone, but in combination with other symptoms. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth The total percentage of cases of lead-poisoning, in which arthralgia occurs, varies from 32 to 57 per cent. Poisons: Their Effects and […]
(def 2b). noun (pl) -mies surgical excision of a joint arthrectomy ar·threc·to·my (är-thrěk’tə-mē) n. The surgical excision of a joint.