AskDefine | Define unvarnished

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unvarnished adj
1 not having a coating of stain or varnish [syn: unstained]
2 free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children" [syn: plain]

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  1. Not having been coated with varnish (or other surface treatment).
  2. Pure, natural, unmodified (especially in the phrase "unvarnished truth").


not having been coated with varnish (or other surface treatment)
pure, natural, unmodified

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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