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adorn

[uh-dawrn] /əˈdɔrn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to decorate or add beauty to, as by ornaments:
garlands of flowers adorning their hair.
2.
to make more pleasing, attractive, impressive, etc.; enhance:
Piety adorned Abigail's character.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English adornen < Latin adōrnāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + ōrnāre to dress (see ornate); replacing late Middle English aourne < Middle French < Latin
Related forms
adorner, noun
adorningly, adverb
nonadorner, noun
nonadorning, adjective
overadorn, verb (used with object)
overadorned, adjective
preadorn, verb (used with object)
readorn, verb (used with object)
readorning, adjective
self-adorning, adjective
superadorn, verb (used with object)
unadorned, adjective
well-adorned, adjective
Synonyms
1. beautify; deck, bedeck; bedizen, array.
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Examples from the web for unadorned
  • The language of truth is unadorned and always simple.
  • Inside, the unfinished wood floors, plain pine benches and unadorned walls echo the tradition of humility and piety.
  • Plain and unadorned, the ground floor provides little hint of the splendors above.
  • Their first prayer houses were unadorned rooms rented in dreary downtown tenements.
  • But when not ovulating, females mate willingly with unadorned males and those past their prime, the scientists discovered.
  • Nursery rimes have all manner of origins, and may be detected in allusions long before they appear whole and unadorned.
  • He loved that church, the old-fashioned, unadorned ikons and the old priest with the shaking head.
  • And at the same time, there's something to be said for the sound of the instrument unadorned.
  • Indeed, the sarcophagus within the chamber is similarly unadorned.
  • The buildings have smooth gray concrete façades, unadorned except for narrow slits for cell windows.
British Dictionary definitions for unadorned

unadorned

/ˌʌnəˈdɔːnd/
adjective
1.
not decorated; plain: a bare unadorned style

adorn

/əˈdɔːn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to decorate: she adorned her hair with flowers
2.
to increase the beauty, distinction, etc, of
Derived Forms
adornment, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin adōrnāre, from ōrnāre to furnish, prepare
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Word Origin and History for unadorned
adj.

1630s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of adorn.

adorn

v.

late 14c., "to decorate, embellish," also "be an ornament to," from Old French aorner "to order, arrange, dispose, equip; adorn," from Latin adornare "equip, provide, embellish," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + ornare "prepare, furnish, adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). The -d- was reinserted by French scribes 14c., in English from late 15c. Related: Adorned; adorning.

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