Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Without adornment or embellishment; simple or plain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no additional decoration or embellishment; plain and simple

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not admired; not regarded with affection or respect; not admirable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not decorated with something to increase its beauty or distinction

Etymologies

un- +‎ adorned (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though trained as a chemist, he is considered an excellent theologian, and he is legendary for his simple and self-denying way of life: he lives in unadorned rooms near the cathedral in Buenos Aires and takes the bus to his appointments.

    The Year of two Popes

  • She referred to an unadorned rectangular stone of some porous rock, perhaps two meters wide and three long, strangely scarred in places.

    Dwellers in the Crucible

  • The thought is simple and even obvious, and the expression unadorned, and yet what he said had that subtle quality which stirred and still stirs the heart of every man born on the soil of the old Puritan Commonwealth.

    Daniel Webster

  • Benioff has down pat the art of writing the kind of unadorned, direct prose that buoys a story along.

    City of Thieves: Summary and book reviews of City of Thieves by David Benioff.

  • We sat for a minute and a man, clothed in the same kind of unadorned tunic the woman and we were wearing, walked across the stage with a stack of thick notebooks under each arm.

    The Forever War

  • The images show her bundled up, drinking a coffee and ringless (or "unadorned," per ET).

    E! Online (US) - Top Stories

  • The best thing I've heard said about us is that we "do the kind of unadorned pop magic that reminds you why you started liking music in the first place, before the demons of cynicism set in and started gnawing on your brain's pleasure centres, forever numbing you to the simple magic of a tuneful refrain joyfully sung …", so maybe if that sounds good you should give us a listen.

    The Line Of Best Fit

  • NET binary packages, you may be better off using Team Foundation Build "unadorned".

    Elegant Code

  • Zuma, by contrast, is a former goatherd with no formal schooling who speaks spare, unadorned English.

    Jacob’s Ladder

  • The one remaining medieval bench end is unadorned, its dark wood carved with the legendary mermaid from Pendour Cove holding up her mirror and comb.

    Country diary: Zennor, Cornwall

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