Definition of unvarnished in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈvɑːnɪʃt/


1Not covered with varnish: unvarnished woodwork
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  • Awareness of the smooth page clouds the difference between varnished and unvarnished oil paint, between opaque and transparent watercolour.
  • Yellow and orange sponge-painted walls are accentuated by unpainted, unvarnished wooden tables.
  • Instead, he's worked with traditional materials and contrasting textures - unvarnished wood, raw silk - to create a style that is clearly modern, but remains richly Alpine in spirit.
bare, plain, unpainted, unlacquered, unpolished, unfinished, untreated, raw, natural, matt;
2(Of a statement or manner) plain and straightforward: please tell me the unvarnished truth
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  • They want plain, unvarnished statements from the government, not the latest output from the Merrion Street spin machine.
  • Half truth that is branded with a recognized name and laminated to cover the cracks is rated more highly than unvarnished fact.
  • If I am communicating to my readers exactly what the White House believes on any certain issue, that's reporting to them an unvarnished, unfiltered version of what they believe.

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