1. Wanting art, knowledge, or skill; ignorant; unskillful.
Artless of stars and of the moving sand. --Dryden.
2. Contrived without skill or art; inartistic. [R.]
Artless and massy pillars. --T. Warton.
3. Free from guile, art, craft, or stratagem; characterized by simplicity and sincerity; sincere; guileless; ingenuous; honest; as, an artless mind; an artless tale.
They were plain, artless men, without the least appearance of enthusiasm or credulity about them. --Porteus.
O, how unlike the complex works of man,
Heaven's easy, artless, unencumbered plan! --Cowper.
Syn: -- Simple; unaffected; sincere; undesigning; guileless; unsophisticated; open; frank; candid.
adj 1: characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not
devious; "an ingenuous admission of responsibility"
[syn: ingenuous] [ant: disingenuous]
2: simple and natural; without cunning or deceit; "an artless
manner"; "artless elegance" [ant: artful]
3: showing lack of art; "an artless translation"
4: (of persons) lacking art or knowledge [syn: uncultivated,