On the other hand, in his spiritual struggles there is a simpleness that sometimes suggests childishness.
The whining dogs are preying upon your simpleness, mistress Israel.
Despite all his simpleness, the soldier would not believe a word of such slanders; not so?
Sin itself is often easier than simpleness to pardon and condone.
God knows whether his plan was better than the plans of others except in simpleness and purity of aim.
Yet the simpleness of his sorrow prevailed, and I listened with the wet in my eyes.
"In that case you will have to suffer for your simpleness," was Paul's short response.
To exist and walk upright in simpleness and quiet is the sum of their desires.
Yes, without doubt, here is that first garden of her simpleness.
In that land men worship the ox, for his simpleness and for his meekness, and for the profit that comes of him.
c.1200, "free from duplicity, upright, guileless; blameless, innocently harmless," also "ignorant, uneducated; unsophisticated; simple-minded, foolish," from Old French simple (12c.) "plain, decent; friendly, sweet; naive, foolish, stupid," hence "wretched, miserable," from Latin simplus, variant of simplex "simple, uncompounded," literally "onefold" (see simplex). Sense of "free from pride, humble, meek" is mid-13c. As "consisting of only one substance or ingredient" (opposite of composite or compounded) it dates from late 14c.; as "easily done" (opposite of complicated) it dates from late 15c.
From mid-14c. as "unqualified; mere; sheer;" also "clear, straightforward; easily understood." From late 14c. as "single, individual; whole." From late 14c. of clothing, etc., "modest, plain, unadorned," and of food, "plain, not sumptuous." In medicine, of fractures, etc., "lacking complications," late 14c. As a law term, "lacking additional legal stipulations, unlimited," from mid-14c.
In Middle English with wider senses than recently, e.g. "inadequate, insufficient; weak, feeble; mere; few; sad, downcast; mournful; of little value; low in price; impoverished, destitute;" of hair, "straight, not curly." As noun, "an innocent or a guileless person; a humble or modest person" (late 14c.), also "an uncompounded substance." From c.1500 as "ignorant people."