plain; clear; straightforward; without vagueness or subterfuge; frank: the unvarnished truth.
unfinished, as floors or furniture; not coated with or as if with varnish.

Origin of unvarnished

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-1 + varnish + -ed3, -ed2

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not elaborated upon or glossed; plain and directthe unvarnished truth
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Word Origin and History for unvarnished

c.1600, of statements, "not embellished," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of varnish (v.). Literal sense of "not covered in varnish" is recorded from 1758.

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