plain; clear; straightforward; without vagueness or subterfuge; frank: the unvarnished truth.
unfinished, as floors or furniture; not coated with or as if with varnish.
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How to use unvarnished in a sentence
In her deposition, Michell said she became concerned after the investigations started that the City Council wasn’t “going to get that unvarnished view” she had pledged.City’s Ex-COO Sheds Light on Leak But Testimony Solves None of the Ongoing 101 Ash Mysteries | Lisa Halverstadt | August 2, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
In a conversation, Burns emphasized that Americans “need the full unvarnished truth” about their history.Ken Burns' New Documentary Shows Benjamin Franklin in All His Contradictions | Craig Bruce Smith | April 4, 2022 | Time
Spears appeared to reference the apology in a cryptic Instagram post last summer, but we’re eager to hear her unvarnished reflections on the controversy—and how she looks back on that time in her life now.What We Hope to Learn About Britney Spears in Her New Memoir | Cady Lang | February 22, 2022 | Time
“To some, that appears more like a monetized career move than an unvarnished emotional reckoning,” the New York Times wrote.
These make flags droop but promise that an unvarnished accounting will aid the cause of progress.We teach students how to understand the U.S., not to love it — or hate it | Daniel Immerwahr | December 23, 2020 | Washington Post
Obama, of course, insisted he wanted their independent, unvarnished judgments.Obama’s Panel on Domestic Spying Abuses Didn’t Pull Its Punches | Daniel Klaidman | December 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Closest as in “closest to her heart,” or something clutched, or something unvarnished, artless, some plain truth?Three Cheers for Alice Munro’s Nobel Prize in Literature | Malcolm Jones | October 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of all the Gang of Eight senators, he was the most unvarnished in his advocacy and he has the most to lose.Lindsey Graham Wasn't Afraid to Fight for Immigration Reform | John Avlon | June 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It serves the facts straight up; it is unvarnished, perhaps a little cold, and not very cheerful, but it is realistic.The End of American Dominance in Robert Kaplan’s ‘The Revenge of Geography’ | Ian Morris | September 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And plenty of people speak of this immigration and its supposed dangers as if these were unvarnished, unquestionable truths.The Irony of the Anti-Immigration Violence in Assam | Dilip D’Souza | August 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But give me a comprehensive idea of the place, in your own inimitable unvarnished diction.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Some of these bald, unvarnished tales give a capital idea of the men who conquered the wilderness.A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
No; I only wish you to give me a perfectly unvarnished account.Amphitryon | Moliere
He tells a plain, unvarnished tale, and the very truth of it makes for beauty.Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
In the cottage there were six tiny little bedrooms divided from one another by plain unvarnished partitions of pine.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for unvarnished
not elaborated upon or glossed; plain and direct: the unvarnished truth
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