bareness


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bare 1

 (bâr)
adj. bar·er, bar·est
1. Lacking the usual or appropriate covering or clothing; naked: a bare arm.
2. Exposed to view; undisguised: bare fangs.
3. Lacking the usual furnishings, equipment, or decoration: bare walls.
4. Having no addition, adornment, or qualification: the bare facts.
5. Just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities.
6. Obsolete Bareheaded.
tr.v. bared, bar·ing, bares
1. To make bare; uncover or reveal: bared their heads; baring secrets.
2. To expose: The dog bared its teeth.

[Middle English bar, from Old English bær; see bhoso- in Indo-European roots.]

bare′ness n.

bare 2

 (bâr)
v. Archaic
A past tense of bear1.

Bareness

 
  1. Bare as the back of my hand —John Ray’s Proverbs
  2. As naked as the last leftover clap in a theatre —Joe Coomer
  3. Bare as a birch at Christmas —Sir Walter Scott

    Scott used this in both The Fortunes of Nigel and Quentin Durward.

  4. Bare as a bird’s tail —Edward Ward
  5. Bare as a newly shorn sheep —John Lydgate

    The simile has been modernized from “Bare as a sheep that is but newe shorn.”

  6. (There she was, on the bed beside me, as) bare-assed as Eve in Eden —George Garrett
  7. Bare as shame —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  8. Bare as winter trees —William Wordsworth
  9. Bare like a carcass picked by crows —Jonathan Swift
  10. More desolate than the wilderness —The Holy Bible/Ezekiel
  11. Naked as an egg —F. van Wyck Mason
  12. Naked as a peach pit —Helen Dudar, Wall Street Journal, November 26, 1986

    Even writers not given to using similes often use them as attention-grabbers at the beginning of an article, as Helen Dudar did to introduce her subject, novelist Paget Powell.

  13. Naked as a stone —Angela Carter
  14. Naked as a table cloth —Frank O’Hara
  15. Naked as a weather report —Robert Traver
  16. Naked as rain —Wallace Stevens
  17. Nude as fruit on limb —George Garrett
  18. (Voice wearing) raw as a rubbed heel —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  19. (I’m simply against) showing girls as if they were pork chops —Germaine Greer on Playmate features in Playboy Magazine, January, 1972
  20. Standing naked as a dead man’s shadow —A. D. Winans
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bareness - a bleak and desolate atmospherebareness - a bleak and desolate atmosphere; "the nakedness of the landscape"
gloominess, glumness, gloom - an atmosphere of depression and melancholy; "gloom pervaded the office"
2.bareness - the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)bareness - the state of being unclothed and exposed (especially of a part of the body)
nakedness, nudeness, nudity - the state of being without clothing or covering of any kind
3.bareness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentationbareness - an extreme lack of furnishings or ornamentation; "I was struck by the starkness of my father's room"
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious

bareness

noun
The state of being without clothes:
Translations
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holostnahota
nøgenhed
csupaszság
çıplaklık

bareness

[ˈbɛənɪs] N
1. (= nakedness) → desnudez f
2. (= emptiness) [of room] → lo vacío; [of wall, tree] → desnudez f; [of landscape] → desnudez f, lo pelado

bareness

nNacktheit f; (of person also)Blöße f; (of trees, countryside)Kahlheit f; (of room, garden)Leere f; (of style)Nüchternheit f

bareness

[ˈbɛənɪs] nnudità

bare

(beə) adjective
1. uncovered or naked. bare skin; bare floors.
2. empty. bare shelves.
3. of trees etc, without leaves.
4. worn thin. The carpet is a bit bare.
5. basic; essential. the bare necessities of life.
verb
to uncover. The dog bared its teeth in anger.
ˈbarely adverb
scarcely or only just. We have barely enough food.
ˈbareness noun
ˈbareback adverb, adjective
without a saddle. I enjoy riding bareback.
ˈbarefaced adjective
openly impudent. a barefaced lie.
ˈbarefoot(ed) adjective, adverb
not wearing shoes or socks etc. The children go barefoot on the beach.
ˌbareˈheaded adjective, adverb
not wearing a hat etc.
References in classic literature ?
There was an earthy savour in the air, a chilly bareness in the place, which associated itself somehow with too much getting up by candle-light, and not too much to eat.
In spite of his old green damask dressing-gown and the bareness of the room in which he sat, where the floor was covered with a shabby tapestry in place of carpet, and the walls were hung with tavern-paper presenting the profiles of Louis XVI.
Such a fact as that suggested bareness, but nonetheless it worked happily into the sentimental interest I had always taken in the early movements of my countrymen as visitors to Europe.
Here and there, above this shelf, a head of Niobe, hanging to a nail, presented her pose of woe; a Venus smiled; a hand thrust itself forward like that of a pauper asking alms; a few "ecorches," yellowed by smoke, looked like limbs snatched over-night from a graveyard; besides these objects, pictures, drawings, lay figures, frames without paintings, and paintings without frames gave to this irregular apartment that studio physiognomy which is distinguished for its singular jumble of ornament and bareness, poverty and riches, care and neglect.
Notre-Dame de Paris has not, like the Abbey of Tournus, the grave and massive frame, the large and round vault, the glacial bareness, the majestic simplicity of the edifices which have the rounded arch for their progenitor.
The bareness of the squalid room made the pain of it more poignant.
The room, with its combination of luxury and bareness, its silk dressing-gowns and crimson slippers, its shabby carpet and bare walls, had a powerful air of Katharine herself; she stood in the middle of the room and enjoyed the sensation; and then, with a desire to finger what her cousin was in the habit of fingering, Cassandra began to take down the books which stood in a row upon the shelf above the bed.
You, who are one of our most pious and faithful parishioners, must have keenly felt the bareness of the high altar.
The Crusaders had brought back with them experiences of domestic luxuries, of Damascus carpets and rugs of Aleppo, which made them impatient of the hideous bareness and want of privacy which they found in their ancestral strongholds.
The whitewashed walls were so painfully bare and staring that she thought they must ache over their own bareness.
There was an orchard behind it, and a nicely kept lawn before it, but, somehow, there was a certain bareness about it.
Bluteau, you will arrive at a wonderfully clear comprehension of the bareness of my room and the untidy condition of my study, when you see all the continual comings and goings here.