plain; clear; straightforward; without vagueness or subterfuge; frank: the unvarnished truth.
unfinished, as floors or furniture; not coated with or as if with varnish.

1595–1605; un-1 + varnish + -ed3, -ed2

1. bare, naked, candid, direct.
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unvarnished (ʌnˈvɑːnɪʃt)
not elaborated upon or glossed; plain and direct: the unvarnished truth

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1604, of statements, "not embellished," from un- (1) "not" + pp. of varnish (v.). Lit. sense of "not covered in varnish" is recorded from 1758.
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Example sentences
But our kids need to know what is the fair, unvarnished evidence of the use of
  these substances.
Telling the unvarnished truth in an autobiography or memoir is no small feat.
They're against what academe is supposed to be for, namely critical thinking
  and the unvarnished truth.
Previously released cables also featured unvarnished opinions.
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