Definition of artless in English:



  • 1Without guile or deception.

    ‘an artless, naive girl’
    ‘artless sincerity’
    • ‘Perhaps its most memorable scene contrasts the naive simplicity of its protagonist with the poetic pretense of a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: the hero is so artless himself that he responds as though the play were real.’
    • ‘I don't entirely trust the website since everything about the song - its simple bounce, its artless lyric - suggests the 1950s.’
    • ‘My dictionary defines naivety as ‘The state or quality of being inexperienced or unsophisticated, especially in being artless, credulous, or uncritical.’’
    • ‘But she's a good deal less artless than she pretends.’
    • ‘In Hassam's painting, however, the fish appear as much a part of the environment as the antique furniture, artless young woman, and sunny garden that beckons beyond the open windows.’
    • ‘A convict has escaped, unwittingly aided by young Julian's artless chatter, and John must be on hand to deal with the situation.’
    • ‘This taciturn guy, played by Gerard Butler, melts in the boy's artless presence and starts falling for his mum.’
    • ‘But it takes real talent to bring out the artless charm and simple wisdom of a babbling, barefoot and pregnant hick, whose only wish in life is to have her high school sweetheart love her the way he did when they were just teens.’
    • ‘The faux-naif iconography of a rural idyll represents the structuring of a world so simple, artless and beguiling that no one in his or her right mind could possibly wish to dissent from it.’
    • ‘Regarding the speaker's motive, it implies an artless lack of calculation or an active desire to tell unpleasant truths.’
    • ‘Everything about them was dainty and feminine and naïve, innocent and pure, lovely and artless.’
    • ‘When meeting the faculty at Wellesley, Roberts is artless enough to admit she has never been to Europe.’
    candid, direct, forthright, plain, plain-spoken, straight, straightforward, straight from the shoulder, explicit, unequivocal, unambiguous, unvarnished, bald, to the point, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Without effort or pretentiousness; natural and simple.
      ‘an artless literary masterpiece’
      • ‘As the main quality which Ellen Terry brought to these roles, in addition to her beauty, grace, and charm, was a seemingly artless naturalness and spontaneity, her success tended to be in ratio to the congruence between her and the part.’
      • ‘Far from keeping him in his place they encouraged his boyish enthusiasms for mapping the moon and putting together artless plans for creating the rockets that would take adventurers to its hidden heart.’
      • ‘The artless melody that wanders through the long first movement is unmistakably naive; the assemblage of rhythmic and melodic cells that drive the finale sentimental.’
      • ‘Each has a physical and and vocal signature, constructed with the kind of care that makes the process seems artless, and puts them on in rapid and seamless succession.’
      • ‘The beauty guru believes that in response to an increasingly high-tech, genetically engineered world, her customers are seeking solace in things more artless, earthy and human.’
      • ‘The basic designs of the bags are simple and seemingly artless - a clutch is a rectangle and a pink velvet holdall the simplest container with the handles made of knotted lengths of fabric.’
      • ‘The boy who, sitting on the way of the quay at Killary Bay, held out his hand to the Queen, did honour to the great lady in an artless manner which bespoke sincerity, and the great lady did honour to herself in accepting it.’
      • ‘What does come through is Spender's talent for friendship - and how his seemingly artless curiosity opened him to people, places and experiences he would otherwise have missed.’
      • ‘It all seems transient, happenstance, until you start concentrating on the apparently artless compositions of these powerful images.’
      • ‘Weeping has no universal meaning or function but it still intrigues us; it's supposed to be something beyond conscious control and so one of the rare moments where we give ourselves up to a spontaneous, artless, emotional truth.’
      • ‘What's remarkable is the effortless, seemingly artless way the best-selling author is able to put herself into the hearts and minds of the little girls she's writing for, and write as though she's one of them.’
      • ‘Dressed in a baggy black jumper, a denim mini-skirt, woolly tights and boots, she looks great in an effortless, artless kind of way.’
      • ‘His prose is artless and nowhere near as polished as Osborne's, but his book still tells a fascinating story.’
      • ‘Two visuals from the film achieve an artless eloquence.’
      • ‘Schools taught the young by rhythm first, and then with simple striding chords, and eventually with artless tunes.’
      • ‘Is he the artless, slightly gauche, little-boy-lost he appears on screen, who forms a fantastic rapport with his subjects, but who, by the end of his films, just happens - seemingly by accident - to leave them completely exposed?’
      • ‘Ultimately, though, it doesn't matter if it is artless or artful, as it is so full of life, even as Gray stares mortality, his own and his friends ’, in the eye.’
      • ‘But I am posturing here, I suppose, when all I should be saying is that plot is not the opium of the artless masses…’
      • ‘Their fascination lies in the revelation of personality - whether artful or deliberately or ingenously artless - within a kind of modest little soap opera.’
      • ‘There's something awful about even a minor car accident, the way the order of the road, which we assume until the moment of impact is natural and artless, suddenly vanishes; the yelling; the horrible noises.’
      • ‘His paintings typically have an unpretentious, seemingly artless air, redolent of provincial life, which is at variance with the trend towards metropolitan sophistication characteristic of much British painting in the period.’
      natural, naive, simple, innocent, childlike, pure, ingenuous, guileless, candid, open, honest, sincere, frank, straightforward, unaffected, unpretentious, modest, unassuming
      on the up and up
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2Without skill or finesse.
      ‘her awkward, artless prose’
      • ‘The word inept, according to Roget's Thesaurus, means clumsy, artless, awkward, bungling, inadept, inefficient, unskillful, ham-handed and incapable.’
      • ‘Were this Zach Curtis-directed Theatre in the Round production less entertaining than it is, I might have been more than mildly irked by Beane's rather artless repetition.’
      • ‘Socialist poetry: two words to conjure images of earnest but artless efforts by would-be Woody Guthries.’
      • ‘An interesting book, Sybil, but Disraeli was not much of a novelist; it reads like spirited and somewhat artless version of Brontë's Shirley, or an abridged and more explicitly class-based Wives and Daughters.’
      • ‘But this resurrection is so often artless and joyless gloating, reducing an intense physiological/psychological experience to vulgar explication.’
      • ‘Similar lapses in professionalism are seen in the repetitive dialogue, go-nowhere action and artless acting.’
      • ‘If it's true that all art is propaganda, but not all propaganda is art, then Robbins has produced a masterpiece of artless propaganda.’
      • ‘The stupidest thing, all things considered, is the inordinate amount of entirely adult pleasure you can derive from something so apparently artless.’
      • ‘One of the burdens of being a comics nerd - or former comics nerd, whatever - is an obscure compulsion to bear witness to witless, loveless, artless, over-budget desecrations of fond memories of youth.’
      • ‘Slavish to this creed, planners brought us three soulless retail parks boasting multi-national chains selling artless tat on the outskirts of town.’
      • ‘So while Barthes' personal preference in pens may veer towards the snooty and luxurious, the cheap, utilitarian, artless little ballpoint certainly has its place in the greater scheme of things.’
      • ‘The days of rampantly commercial, craftless, contentless, corporate-driven pop, especially as practiced by artless teenage girls, are here.’
      • ‘They have absolutely no regard for the dirt that it is dragged through, the grime and graffiti of vandals in the form of distribution agents and projectionists, and the artless cuts they could make.’
      • ‘Back then, young men and women architects working in the spirit of Ruskin and Morris produced a style that still looks convincing a century on, proving that homes for those at the very bottom of the property ladder do not have to be artless.’
      • ‘Being sincere yet artless when talking to females, unlike ‘real’ men who are artful yet insincere, I sometimes approached these females and made an utter fool of myself.’
      • ‘There's a winning earnestness to her book - she clearly loves her husband and child and the town she's chosen to live in - but her prose is clunky and artless.’
      • ‘But more than made up for their hilariously awkward bottom-of-the-line routines with a palpable, hollow desperation that permeated every artless move which pleased my black bitter soul greatly.’
      • ‘Now he must hope that his name alone adds curiosity value, sufficient to fool his fans into seeing his latest pulp-action piece of Carpentry, an artless and heartless sci-fi Western.’
      • ‘Reading their artless, jargon-infested prose, I was seized by a sudden urge to inflict violence on them in a concrete underpass or back alley.’
      • ‘The art of painting has not only been stripped of beauty by its artless practitioners, but the basic techniques have been lost as well, producing works that are cruder to the eye than the pre-perspective images of medieval times.’