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  • n. The state of being bare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being bare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being bare.
  • n. Leanness.
  • n. Poverty; indigence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bleak and desolate atmosphere
  • n. the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)
  • n. an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation


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  • The landscape on a spring day has a bracing bareness, which is not without exhilaration.

    The History of David Grieve

  • To the right and left the barren mountains reared their enormous baldness to the sun, deserts raised up broadside, as it were, and set on end, that their bareness might be the better seen and known to the world around.


  • All the economic development of life itself takes on at its end the appearance of an attempt to get rid of the animal squalor and bareness which is what obligatory poverty really means, and to give to man the divine ease and leisure of the gods.

    War and strife themselves have been schools of heroism

  • This gave his figure a kind of bareness and bleakness which made the accident of meeting it in one’s meditations always a sort of shock; it was deficient in the social drapery which muffles the sharpness of human contact.

    Chapter XLVII

  • This gave his figure a kind of bareness and bleakness which made the accident of meeting it in memory or in apprehension a peculiar concussion; it was deficient in the social drapery commonly muffling, in an overcivilized age, the sharpness of human contacts.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • Hotel life is blank, repetitious, and desultory, with the bareness of new furniture.

    The Dress

  • She was so confident in her glorious silky bareness, and her aggression resulted in an unusual flutter between my legs.

    Potsdamer Strasse #3

  • There were no trees, only scrub growths and sandy bareness.

    Chapter 12

  • Director/writer Aleksei Popogrebsky evokes a sense of isolation and bareness with the opening shot of this trailer which, no doubt, will prove to be a theme explored later on as who shows a desolate land only to have a movie filled with cherubs and BJs.

    This Week In Trailers: Don McKay, L’Immortel (22 Bullets), A Film With Me In It, Cargo, How I Ended The Summer | /Film

  • The sophisticated bareness of materiality, pristine craftsmanship, finely articulated and rigidly geometrical design would make it seem odd to some, especially if placed within a most ruggedly organic landscape; but here, quite the opposite occurs.

    Ellsworth Residence by Michael P. Johnson Design Studio


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