plainness


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plain

 (plān)
adj. plain·er, plain·est
1. Free from obstructions; open; clear: in plain view.
2. Obvious to the perception or mind; evident: make one's intention plain. See Synonyms at apparent.
3.
a. Not elaborate or complicated; simple: plain food.
b. Marked by little or no ornamentation or decoration: plain garb.
c. Straightforward; frank or candid: plain talk.
d. Not pretentious; unaffected.
e. Lacking beauty or distinction: a plain face.
4. Not mixed with other substances; pure: plain water.
5. Common in rank or station; average; ordinary: a plain man.
6. Not dyed, twilled, or patterned: a plain fabric.
7. Sheer; utter; unqualified: plain stupidity.
8. Archaic Having no visible elevation or depression; flat; level.
n.
1.
a. often plains An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.
b. A broad level expanse, as a part of the sea floor or a lunar mare.
2. Something free of ornamentation or extraneous matter.
adv. Informal
Clearly; simply: plain stubborn.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin plānus; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

plain′ly adv.
plain′ness n.
Synonyms: plain, modest, simple, unpretentious
These adjectives mean not ornate, ostentatious, or showy: a plain hairstyle; a modest cottage; a simple dark suit; an unpretentious country church.
Antonym: ornate
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plainness - the state of being unmixed with other material; "the plainness of vanilla ice cream"
pureness, purity - being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material
2.plainness - clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity - free from obscurity and easy to understand; the comprehensibility of clear expression
3.plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
chasteness, simpleness, simplicity, restraint - lack of ornamentation; "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
austereness, severeness, severity - extreme plainness
starkness, bareness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation; "I was struck by the starkness of my father's room"
4.plainness - an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful; "fine clothes could not conceal the girl's homeliness"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

plainness

noun
1. The quality of being clear and easy to perceive or understand:
Translations
وُضوح، سُهولَه، صَراحَه
jasnostjednoduchost
almindelighed
einfaldleiki

plainness

[ˈpleɪnnɪs] N
1. (= clarity) → claridad f; (= frankness) → franqueza f; (= simplicity) → sencillez f
2. (= unattractiveness) → falta f de atractivo

plainness

[ˈpleɪnnɪs] nsimplicité fplain speaking nfranc-parler m
She has a reputation for plain speaking → Elle est bien connue pour son franc-parler.plain-spoken plainspoken [ˌpleɪnˈspəʊkən] adj (= frank) [person] → au franc-parler

plainness

n
(= frankness, straightforwardness)Direktheit f, → Offenheit f
(= simplicity)Einfachheit f
(= lack of beauty)Unansehnlichkeit f

plainness

[ˈpleɪnnɪs] n (simplicity) → semplicità; (lack of beauty) → insignificanza

plain

(plein) adjective
1. simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration. plain living; good, plain food.
2. easy to understand; clear. His words were quite plain.
3. absolutely open or honest, with no attempt to be tactful. I'll be quite plain with you; plain speaking.
4. obvious. It's plain (to see) you haven't been practising your music.
5. not pretty. a rather plain girl.
noun
1. a large flat level piece of land. the plains of central Canada.
2. a kind of knitting stitch.
ˈplainly adverb
ˈplainness noun
plain chocolate
dark chocolate not containing milk.
plain clothes ordinary clothes, not a uniform: Detectives usually wear plain clothes; adjective (etc)
a plain-clothes job.
plain sailing
progress without difficulty.
ˌplain-ˈspoken adjective
speaking honestly and candidly, not trying to be tactful. She is a very plain-spoken person who always says what she means.
in plain English
in simple words; clearly expressed. Would you mind explaining it in plain English?
References in classic literature ?
A third wore trappings and arms of an officer of the staff; while the rest, from the plainness of the housings, and the traveling mails with which they were encumbered, were evidently fitted for the reception of as many menials, who were, seemingly, already waiting the pleasure of those they served.
Then, to speak more plainly," continued the physician, "and I crave pardon, sir, should it seem to require pardon, for this needful plainness of my speech.
I suppose," thought I, "judging from the plainness of the servant and carriage, Mrs.
And yet, I know that my plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth?
I even think that my worthy companions' ideas had not all the plainness desirable.
Do not soften things out of any pity for me, but tell me in all plainness exactly what you saw.
I always felt saddened by the sight of that poor girl's absolute quiescence on all occasions, and it was my custom to look at her, to address her, as seldom as possible; her extreme docility, her assiduous perseverance, would have recommended her warmly to my good opinion; her modesty, her intelligence, would have induced me to feel most kindly--most affectionately towards her, notwithstanding the almost ghastly plainness of her features, the disproportion of her form, the corpse-like lack of animation in her countenance, had I not been aware that every friendly word, every kindly action, would be reported by her to her confessor, and by him misinterpreted and poisoned.
I told her so plainly, and my plainness appeared to have some success, for she exclaimed, "Very good; you have done what I asked-- you have made an offer
We are obliged to you for the plainness with which you have spoken.
We do not with sufficient plainness or sufficient profoundness address ourselves to life, nor dare we chaunt our own times and social circumstance.
While I cannot recall in detail what I said, I remember that I tried to impress upon the committee, with all the earnestness and plainness of any language that I could command, that if Congress wanted to do something which would assist in ridding the South of the race question and making friends between the two races, it should, in every proper way, encourage the material and intellectual growth of both races.
They were expecting Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimova, known in society as le terrible dragon, a lady distinguished not for wealth or rank, but for common sense and frank plainness of speech.