from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Not coated with varnish.
- adjective Stated or otherwise presented without any effort to soften or disguise; plain.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Not overlaid with varnish.
- Not artfully embellished; plain.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Not having been coated with
varnish(or other surface treatment).
- adjective Pure, natural, unmodified (especially in the phrase "unvarnished truth").
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective free from any effort to soften to disguise
- adjective not having a coating of stain or varnish
Sorry, no etymologies found.
What he called unvarnished and straight from the shoulder.
Little did she think, that, from among the poor and despised whom her tyranny was oppressing, there was one gradually being prepared, upon whose plain unvarnished words should follow consternating judgments, before which the pride of her dominion was to be laid level with the dust.
A plain unvarnished tale is preferable to the most highly ornamented narrative.
But it’s critical the facts themselves remain unvarnished and undistorted.
We want you to see her unvarnished was his phrase for 90 minutes and then you can put Sarah Palin in context and see what people in Alaska liked about her.
This afternoon, President Bush turns to the Iraq War and wants being called the unvarnished assessment.
There is a certain charm of _naiveté_, that recalls the unvarnished simplicity of the Italian painters before Raphael.
He once called himself a "traveller in the undiscovered country of the poor" and said his aim was to give "a literal description of the people's labour, their earnings, their trials, and their sufferings, in their own 'unvarnished' language."
Another part is that often those of us who are familiar with it don't realize how opaque that process can be, and another part is, as I've tried to point out, that economic models based on either "unvarnished" entertainment models or industrial models don't work, because publishing is truly a "mixed" business.
The recently released 2009 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings provide this kind of unvarnished insight -- offering an important measure of agency management and leadership, and providing an alert system for signs of trouble and dysfunction.