Adjective "artfully" definition and examples

(Artfully may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɑːtfəli/

Definitions and examples

adverb

In a way that is clever or skilful and also cunning.
  1. 'Artfully, he suggested that they were becoming "elder statesmen" who needed to bring on a younger crowd.'
  2. 'He believed that Aristotle's universe of phantasms could be artfully manipulated to achieve various ends.'
  3. 'The Roman letters are artfully disguised as Chinese ideograms.'
  4. 'Writers have always known that artfully crafted lies will bring in more readers than boring old fact.'
  5. 'She opens her right hand but artfully conceals the key in her left.'
In a manner that shows creative skill or taste.
  1. 'It's an artfully crafted French romantic comedy with just a touch of drama to keep the viewer slightly in suspense.'
  2. 'Water artfully cascades along a steel sculpture of migrating salmon to the waiting plants.'
  3. 'In my films, I've always tried to artfully "mash up" genres.'
  4. 'It showcases the range of eclectic materials and design concepts he brings to bear in producing his artfully realized home furnishings.'
  5. 'They are artfully brought together in decorative groups which sweep through the room.'

More definitions

adjective

1. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky: artful schemes.

2. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious: an artful choice of metaphors and similes.

3. done with or characterized by art or skill: artful acting; artful repairs.

4. Archaic. artificial.

Origin

(artful)