Definition of unvarnished in US English:



  • 1Not covered with varnish.

    • ‘One of the first aspects you can see upon arriving at the hostel is the raw, unvarnished timber that composes the various structures that speckle the area.’
    • ‘Awareness of the smooth page clouds the difference between varnished and unvarnished oil paint, between opaque and transparent watercolour.’
    • ‘Yellow and orange sponge-painted walls are accentuated by unpainted, unvarnished wooden tables.’
    • ‘The camera enters a living room with scraps of wallpaper clinging to old plaster and dusty unvarnished floorboards.’
    • ‘Instead, he's worked with traditional materials and contrasting textures - unvarnished wood, raw silk - to create a style that is clearly modern, but remains richly Alpine in spirit.’
    bare, plain, unpainted, unlacquered, unpolished, unfinished, untreated, raw, natural, matt
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    1. 1.1 (of a statement or manner) plain and straightforward.
      ‘please tell me the unvarnished truth’
      • ‘Another target of the conservatives is the CIA director, a professional without a national constituency, who provides unvarnished information to the president.’
      • ‘Try Holiday Whistler where you will get not only a great choice of Whistler accommodation, but also an unvarnished and knowledgeable perspective on the advantages and disadvantages of each location.’
      • ‘I wrote the essay over the past few hours without reading anything on the blogosphere, so it reflects my wholly unvarnished opinion.’
      • ‘Yet the face-to-face confrontations - scowls, barbs and factual misstatements included - provide Americans their most unvarnished glimpses at the man they will elect commander in chief.’
      • ‘Half truth that is branded with a recognized name and laminated to cover the cracks is rated more highly than unvarnished fact.’
      • ‘There is, of course, a difference between doing favours for people you know and sheer, unvarnished corruption.’
      • ‘Such unvarnished compassion is as rare in movies as it is in real life.’
      • ‘She stayed, briefly played peacemaker, and then let rip with a now infamous speech, in which she gave her unvarnished opinion of all her fellow celebrities.’
      • ‘Reports of a nation humiliated because it has been reduced to choosing between a crook clinging to office and an unvarnished fascist are everywhere.’
      • ‘Because ultimately, the Scot is one of those unvarnished antagonists, a man whose endeavours have brought him a decent reward, but nothing more than you would expect for a rider prepared to risk being mangled and maimed by machinery.’
      • ‘They want plain, unvarnished statements from the government, not the latest output from the Merrion Street spin machine.’
      • ‘He will contrast that alleged double-dealing with his unvarnished pledge to reduce the overall tax burden in the UK year on year on year.’
      • ‘If I am communicating to my readers exactly what the White House believes on any certain issue, that's reporting to them an unvarnished, unfiltered version of what they believe.’
      • ‘We have to rely on that person to give the unvarnished facts.’
      • ‘What do you need beyond talented performers and strong, unvarnished texts?’
      • ‘Still, it offers a glimpse of Canada's (and particularly Edmonton's) unvarnished, mohawked past.’
      • ‘They will give their unvarnished findings to the defense team.’
      • ‘However, his very fragility serves to expose the child within the man, making for a sincere, unaffected, and genuine performance, unvarnished by conscious stage techniques.’
      • ‘By finding and posting the unvarnished documents that drive the news, the blogosphere helps us figure out if we're being snowed.’
      • ‘With his sharp, crisp, witty script, he deconstructs identity politics without ever dipping into the pedantic or falling prey to either easy sentimentality or unvarnished pathos.’
      straightforward, plain, simple, stark, naked, bald
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