un·var·nished | \ ˌən-ˈvär-nisht \

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

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

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In unvarnished, sometimes vulgar comments, the texts reveal the mindset of senior Reed administration officials through the unguarded words of one of Reed’s closest advisers and most ardent defenders, former communications director Anne Torres. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Breaking: Top Reed aide pressured officials to delay records release," 26 Apr. 2018 Thornberry said of the unvarnished opinions Trump shared with The Sun. Washington Post, "AP Analysis: Trump’s barbed comments upset British hosts," 13 July 2018 What happens when our irrational tendencies encounter the process of science, which promises an unvarnished view of reality, based on testing and collected evidence—on facts? Mariette Dichristina, Scientific American, "Barriers between Realities: Irrational Thinking and the Quantum-Classical Divide," 19 June 2018 In recent weeks, Trump has been pushing back more against the restraints of the office to offer more unvarnished opinions and take policy moves that some aides were trying to forestall. BostonGlobe.com, "Going off script, Trump bashes immigration at tax cut event," 6 Apr. 2018 In recent weeks, Trump has been pushing back more against the restraints of the office to offer more unvarnished opinions and take policy moves that some aides were trying to forestall. Catherine Lucey And Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Going off script, Trump bashes immigration policies at tax cut event," 5 Apr. 2018 Keys to restoring trust include total honesty with voters, laying out the unvarnished needs, responsible and sensible solutions, and rock-solid measures of results and accountability. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 One, the Whitney Plantation in the town of Wallace, opened in 2015 as a full-fledged museum with an unvarnished look at the cruelties of slavery. Kevin Mcgill, The Christian Science Monitor, "Oil company works to preserve slave gravesite found on its land," 14 June 2018 At some basic level, Fitts’s blasé, self-incriminating idiocy in front of a television camera was an unvarnished version of America’s approach to pedestrian safety for decades. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "Alleged hit-and-run driver gave voice to attitude many adopt behind the wheel: Get out of my way," 7 June 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of unvarnished

: plain and direct

: not covered with varnish

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