unvarnished

adjective
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

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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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The unvarnished views caused a furious tweetstorm of insults in reply from the White House. Washington Post, "UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US," 10 July 2019 To be sure, the film was harrowing, claustrophobic, unvarnished. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, "Hulu’s Das Boot Gets Lost at Sea," 19 June 2019 Even in the wake of the saber-rattling North Korean statements, Trump continued to offer his unvarnished thoughts. Kevin Liptak And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "From grin to grim: Inside the Trump-Kim summit collapse," 24 May 2018 Related The study also provides an unvarnished account of how the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 was followed by a rise in violence, sectarian tensions and, eventually, the rise of Islamic State. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Army Releases a Critical History of the War in Iraq," 17 Jan. 2019 Seemingly energized by his landmark meeting this week with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, Mr. Trump depicted his presidency as a string of unvarnished successes despite the unfair and even criminal forces arrayed against him. Eileen Sullivan, New York Times, "Trump, Riding a North Korea High, Unloads on the F.B.I., Comey and Obama," 15 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 Clint provides unvarnished, thoughtful reflections on a path that is possible for anyone bold enough to pursue it. Fox News, "'Handcrafted: A Woodworker's Story' by Clint Harp," 24 Sep. 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

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First Known Use of unvarnished

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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unvarnished

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unvarnished

: plain and direct
: not covered with varnish

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