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[ UK /ʌnvˈɑːnɪʃt/ ]
[ US /ənˈvɑɹnɪʃt/ ]
  1. free from any effort to soften to disguise
    the unvarnished candor of old people and children
    the plain and unvarnished truth
  2. not having a coating of stain or varnish
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How To Use unvarnished In A Sentence

  • There was nothing in it, to be sure, that answered to my own case, yet it interested me mightily as an honest unvarnished narrative of sea perils; and I see myself now in fancy reading it, the lanthorn hanging by a laniard close beside my head, the book in one hand, my pipe in the other, the furnace roaring pleasantly, my feet close to it, and the atmosphere of the oven fragrant with the punch that The Frozen Pirate
  • 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.
  • There is, of course, a difference between doing favours for people you know and sheer, unvarnished corruption.
  • Before parting we agreed to “collaborate” and produce a full, complete, unvarnished, uncastrated copy of the great original, my friend taking the prose and I the metrical part; and we corresponded upon the subject for years. The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • You have spoken of the Club as being honoured by my presence here; I have no doubt the observation was kindly meant, but I have equally no doubt that you all realise how in the plain and simple and unvarnished truth the honour under the circumstances is all mine. Some Things the War Means
  • 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.
  • Another target of the conservatives is the CIA director, a professional without a national constituency, who provides unvarnished information to the president.
  • This expedited procedure is generally used for measures considered "uncontroversial," which is odd, to say the least, since the war in Afghanistan is anything but uncontroversial, with the most recent evidence being the release by Wikileaks of secret documents on the war, which the New York Times reported "offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal. Robert Naiman: House Votes Today on Afghan, Pakistan Wars
  • The raw and unvarnished wood, with the parts between the threads swollen from damp, begrimed and repeatedly washed by repairers, presents anything but a pleasing spectacle even when the interior of a fine "Strad" or Joseph is laid bare. The Repairing & Restoration of Violins 'The Strad' Library, No. XII.
  • They want plain, unvarnished statements from the government, not the latest output from the Merrion Street spin machine.
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