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- n. The condition of being plain (in all senses)
- n. The product or result of being plain
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being plain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being plain
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being unmixed with other material
- n. clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
- n. an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful
- n. the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
There are two differing roots for this term: Some claim it refers to the plainness of vanilla ice cream as opposed to those who like more adventurous flavors; others believe it comes from techno-culture, where a “vanilla” PC means a very basic machine, without bells and whistles.
I think Presbyterians have erred in plainness in ecclesiastical life.
Let pride, which she calls plainness, marry her! [
And this effect was enhanced by what may be called his plainness, his awkwardness, and actual eccentricity in many minor matters.
At this I fairly lost all patience, and gave the Graf my opinion of his conduct in terms the plainness of which left nothing to be desired.
Under this virtue may come plainness, which is not to be curious in the order as to answer a letter, as if you were to answer to interrogatories.
The author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake talks about her affinity for "plainness," why she avoids book reviews, and her new collection of short stories.
They were quite baffling in their "plainness" with a Satie-like quality quite unlike anything else of that period I have ever heard or played.
His wife was a white-haired little lady, dressed plainly -- the expensive kind of plainness, you know -- and with a diamond pin that was about as wonderful as anything I ever saw.
The ideal of "plainness" has been an effectual restraint.