: showing defects or imperfections frankly : not idealized
a warts-and-all biography

Examples of warts-and-all in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her warts-and-all portrayal is a striking exercise in empathy and generosity. Chris Bellamy and Stephanie Kaloi, EW.com, 2 May 2024 After #MeToo exposed and deposed powerful men across every industry, perhaps it feels dated to portray a significant historical figure without taking a warts-and-all approach. Kyle Buchanan, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2024 Similarly, there’s relatively little done to develop the supporting players, and other than one flash of temper, the movie presents a largely unblemished snapshot of Marley, especially compared to the warts-and-all excesses depicted in other biographical tales covering musical superstars. Brian Lowry, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 In this warts-and-all look at the history of one of America's most storied brands, Maggie Bullock explores the hard work and chutzpah that helped the company define an era (OK, maybe two) as well as the troubles that threatened to derail it. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warts-and-all was in 1957

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“Warts-and-all.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warts-and-all. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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