un·​showy | \ ˌən-ˈshō-ē How to pronounce unshowy (audio) \
unshowier; unshowiest

Definition of unshowy

: not tending or intended to draw attention : not showy a quiet, unshowy performance

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With breathtaking deliberation and quiet, unshowy mastery, [Aster] spins a devastating portrait of an American family in sudden, inexplicable decline . Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: For the whole family with 'Hereditary,' 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' and 'Hearts Beat Loud'," 10 June 2018 Soprano Jamie Chamberlin sang the demanding high tessitura role of Isolde with unshowy reserve. Rick Schultz, latimes.com, "'The Love Potion': Tristan and Isolde, the Long Beach Opera way," 16 May 2018 If that all sounds vaguely gory and Hollywood, please read it, once, twice, three times, because Trevor’s genius is varied, unshowy and profound. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Last Stories’ Review: A 20th-Century Chekhov," 11 May 2018 This is a hotel for grownups that manages to be at once grandly historical and unshowy. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Europe," 1 May 2018 Hickok and Eleanor shared political and social ideas, but their personalities were very different: Eleanor was modest and unshowy, well educated and from polite society. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, "'White Houses' Author Amy Bloom on Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok's Secret Love Affair," 14 Mar. 2018 Yet those who know him describe a man of unshowy modesty and collegiality, with little discernible pretension. Washington Post, "What Powell brings to Fed post: A gift for forging consensus," 3 Nov. 2017 As Hildy keeps Chris company while Carol avoids him, Dever's vulnerable, unshowy performance makes this truly a three-person drama. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Outside In': Film Review | TIFF 2017," 17 Sep. 2017 While the marvelous Garcia is the heart of the movie, her unshowy performance strikes an exquisite balance with the more gregarious manner of Claudio Rissi in what's largely a two-hander. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Desert Bride' ('La Novia del deserto'): Film Review | Cannes 2017," 26 May 2017

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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