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Definition of plain-speaking in English:


Talking in a frank, outspoken, or blunt manner: a plain-speaking Texan whose words are to be taken at face value
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  • He presents himself as a downright, plain-speaking common man who nevertheless is compassionate towards the follies and sufferings of humankind.
  • "They were acting out of spitefulness and hatred", said the plain-speaking Archbishop in an interview with our reporter.
  • Sometimes I dream of having a leader who has simple wisdom and the ordinary values of plain-speaking honesty and guileless good will.


(plain speaking) [mass noun] Back to top  
Directness of speech; frankness: they have lost the art of plain speaking
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  • Their politics were radically different, but each man believed plain speaking was essential to a democracy because it was the only way to tell the truth.
  • Plain speaking, he argued, was necessary now: Communication should be direct, and anything that might create confusion should be eschewed.
  • Well, sir, here's to plain speaking and clear understanding.

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