[ UK /ˈɑːtləs/ ]
  1. showing lack of art
    an artless translation
  2. simple and natural; without cunning or deceit
    an artless manner
    artless elegance
  3. (of persons) lacking art or knowledge
  4. characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious
    an ingenuous admission of responsibility
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How To Use artless In A Sentence

  • A mother has hit out at heartless thieves who stole her son's memorial from a lamp-post.
  • 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. Fragments of Ancient Poetry
  • For shame, Barnet! what ninnis, what hartless raskles, you must beleave them to be, — in the fust plase, to fancy that you are a politticle genus; in the secknd, to let your politix interfear with their notiums about littery merits! The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush
  • And if some heartless creep makes rude remarks that hurt your friend, you are not responsible for his actions.
  • They will drink their wretched heartless stuff, such as they call claret, or wine of Medoc, or Bordeaux, or what not, with no more meaning than sour rennet, stirred with the pulp from the cider press, and strained through the cap of our Betty. Lorna Doone
  • He becomes cold, heartless and an egotistical exhibitionist; much like the man that left him for dead.
  • There, he was humble enough to confess to himself, was a chartless, shoreless sea, about which he knew nothing and which he must nevertheless somehow navigate. Chapter XV
  • The world of kitsch is in a certain measure a heartless world, in which emotion is directed away from its proper target towards sugary stereotypes, permitting us to pay passing tribute to love and sorrow without the trouble of feeling them. Roger Scruton on Beauty
  • 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. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
  • Spade in hand, with his head full of Roman castrametation and geometrical problems, a prince, scarce emerged from boyhood, presents himself on that stage where grizzled Mansfelds, drunken Hohenlos, and truculent Verdugos have been so long enacting, that artless military drama which consists of hard knocks and wholesale massacres. History of the United Netherlands, 1590-99 — Complete
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