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Synonyms for artlessness

the quality of innocent naivete

ingenuousness by virtue of being free from artful deceit

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and these things being its "chief" delights-and then the pre-eminent beauty and naturalness of the concluding lines, whose very hyperbole only renders them more true to nature when we consider the innocence, the artlessness, the enthusiasm, the passionate girl, and more passionate admiration of the bereaved child--
Theirs was love in all its artlessness, with its interminable conversations, unfinished speeches, long silences, oriental reposes, and oriental ardor.
Noticing that all eyes were turned on him he raised his head and smiled a smile of childlike artlessness.
His usual discourses treated of trotting horses, wine-parties in expensive restaurants, and the merits of persons of easy virtue, with a disarming artlessness of outlook.
Is it because of the apparent artlessness of his paintings and drawings--the deceptive straightforwardness of touch and composition, and the equally deceptive suppression of chromatic color?
Yet, on the whole, the diary sustains an air of artlessness.
She clearly sees the value of the writings that she takes up in her classes as she addresses the important contributions the texts make to "understanding the cultural place of silence and voice, testimonial artlessness, self and community, gender and racial allegiances, and the constrictions of identity categories" (p.
Although it may also seem a slight building, almost as much like a garden centre as a museum, it is so well done, its artfulness raised to the extreme of seeming artlessness, that it enhances and even elevates the contemplation of sculpture.
Until now, I have presented a line of literature that induces more laughter than humor, exactly described as huaji in its spontaneity and artlessness, basic crudity, lack of aestheticism, but candid portrayal of Chinese folks' liveliness across centuries.
They are not intrigued by the evident complexity of experience, its stubborn resistance to order, yet its occasional glints of nobility and magnificence; they are not eager to recover, by dint of careful observation and generous recording of its very artlessness, some fragmentary sense of purpose: that compelled the imaginative engine of the midcentury realism from Cheever to Carver.
It is tempting to suggest, in fact, that in its breezy artlessness it just might be a defining document for our age.
There's an abundance of that in ``Real Girls,'' so much so, in fact, that viewers conditioned to watching typical glossed-over, cosmetic Hollywood romances might be put off by Green's artlessness.
These two books do not close the old question of Jewish artlessness, but they have illuminated the subject and opened it up to important speculation and scholarship for a generation to come.
And would his fine and strong nature have rallied artifice to his defense, and in his greatest trial would he have renounced truth and artlessness, embellishments of his speech, to adorn himself with the disguise of figures of speech and the tricks of studied oratory?