from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Simpleness; simplicity.
  • noun An affected simplicity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Trade name a trade name for a fat substitute prepared as microparticles of protein from whey. It has little fat, but has a consistency and taste resembling fat, and is thus used to prepare foods low in fat for dietetic purposes.


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  • And, sith that Christian men have such belief, that be informed and taught all day by holy doctrine, wherein they should believe, it is no marvel then, that the paynims, that have no good doctrine but only of their nature, believe more largely for their simplesse.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville 2004

  • Prato, between Florence and Pistoia, a young man deceived of simplesse by counsel of an old man, set fire in the corn of his tutor, which had charge to keep him, because that he would usurp to himself his heritage.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4 1230-1298 1900

  • ‘Préliber’ (prælibare) is a word of our own day; and it was Charles Nodier who, if he did not coin, yet revived the obsolete ‘simplesse’.

    English Past and Present Richard Chenevix Trench 1846

  • Their weedes bene not so nighly wore, such simplesse mought them shend:

    Shepheardes Calendar 1579

  • _simplesse_ than to _simplicité_ -- to the elaborated and artificial semblance than to the genuine quality.

    Matthew Arnold George William Erskine Russell 1886

  • But his simplicity is, to use the distinction which he himself imported from France, rather akin to simplesse than to simplicite ” to the elaborated and artificial semblance than to the genuine quality.

    Matthew Arnold Russell, G W E 1904


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