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  • adjective idiomatic Of or pertaining to a description or other depiction which reveals the full range of characteristics of a person or thing, including the shortcomings and imperfections.
  • adverb idiomatic In a manner which does not conceal shortcomings or imperfections.


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  • When Oliver Cromwell sat for his portrait he insisted he be portrayed "warts and all" or he wouldn't pay the artist.

    January 3, 2010

  • Did he have a lot of warts -- and all (whatever that includes)? Did he pay?

    *dashes off to google him*

    January 3, 2010

  • Well, it looks as if he certainly had a wart or mole above his right eyebrow. He also had a little soul patch, which I will assume to be the "and all" in this head shot.

    No, wait: I'm looking at a portrait of him on his mount. His steed seems to be smirking at the "Lord Protector," who is sporting a bit of a paunch and is holding what appears to me to be a thread of a crop in his pudgy little hand which is resting on his hip. His foot is in poor form in the stirrup. I guess the artists of the day took him at his word.

    January 3, 2010

  • What about the steed? I wonder whether anyone asked how he wanted to be portrayed.

    January 3, 2010