adjective Date: 1605 1. a. not adorned or glossed ; plain, straightforward <
told the unvarnished truth
b. artless, frank <
the unvarnished candor of old people and children — Janet Flanner
2. not coated with or as if with varnish ; crude, unfinished

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • unvarnished — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not varnished. 2) plain and straightforward …   English terms dictionary

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  • unvarnished — adj. Unvarnished is used with these nouns: ↑truth …   Collocations dictionary

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  • unvarnished — un|var|nished [ ʌn varnıʃt ] adjective 1. ) expressed in a very direct way that gives the true facts: She told him the plain unvarnished truth. 2. ) not covered with VARNISH (=a clear liquid for protecting wood) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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