un·​var·​nished | \ ˌən-ˈvär-nisht How to pronounce unvarnished (audio) \

Definition of unvarnished

1a : not adorned or glossed : plain, straightforward told the unvarnished truth
b : artless, frank the unvarnished candor of old people and children— Janet Flanner
2 : not coated with or as if with varnish : crude, unfinished

Examples of unvarnished in a Sentence

If you want my unvarnished opinion, the movie stinks. I'm telling the unvarnished truth.
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First Known Use of unvarnished

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unvarnished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unvarnished. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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