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[uhn-vahr-nisht] /ʌnˈvɑr nɪʃt/
plain; clear; straightforward; without vagueness or subterfuge; frank:
the unvarnished truth.
unfinished, as floors or furniture; not coated with or as if with varnish.
Origin of unvarnished
1595-1605; un-1 + varnish + -ed3, -ed2
1. bare, naked, candid, direct. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unvarnished


not elaborated upon or glossed; plain and direct: the unvarnished truth
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Word Origin and History for unvarnished

c.1600, of statements, "not embellished," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of varnish (v.). Literal sense of "not covered in varnish" is recorded from 1758.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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