(Of a metal surface) not polished; dull.
- In northern European paintings matt, unburnished gilding is also found and contracts may specify which areas are to be burnished and which are to be matt.
- The inventory of 1700 describes 'its wooden frame gilded with unburnished gold'.
- It was not calculation but humility - together with his understanding that it is preferable not to rust unburnished but to shine in use - that gave him another lease on life.
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