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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 art·ful /ˈɑrtfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Art·ful a.
 1. Performed with, or characterized by, art or skill. [Archaic] Artful strains.” Artful terms.”
 2. Artificial; imitative.
 3. Using or exhibiting much art, skill, or contrivance; dexterous; skillful.
    He [was] too artful a writer to set down events in exact historical order.   --Dryden.
 4. Cunning; disposed to cunning indirectness of dealing; crafty; as, an artful boy. [The usual sense.]
    Artful in speech, in action, and in mind.   --Pope.
    The artful revenge of various animals.   --Darwin.
 Syn: -- Cunning; skillful; adroit; dexterous; crafty; tricky; deceitful; designing. See Cunning.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: not straightforward or candid; giving a false appearance of
             frankness; "an ambitious, disingenuous, philistine,
             and hypocritical operator, who...exemplified...the
             most disagreeable traits of his time"- David
             Cannadine; "a disingenuous excuse" [syn: disingenuous]
             [ant: ingenuous]
      2: marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with
         cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice
         of metaphors" [ant: artless]