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  • n  the state of being unmixed with other material
    the plainness of vanilla ice cream
  • n  clarity as a consequence of being perspicuous
  • n  the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
  • n  an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful

  • Virtue showed itself in plainness, explicitness, pragmatism, "making do," an unfussed directness of craftsmanship.
  • Maggie lacked the right winsome plainness and eventually turned downright dull.
  • Wilfred deserted his father's Evangelical plainness for High Church Anglo-Catholicism with its in cense, vestments and Roman-style ritual.
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  • Could Modern Medicine Have Saved Bo Jackson's Career?
    I was too young to remember watching him play, but the unifying tone of wonderment emanating from anyone who saw Bo Jackson crack a 500-foot home run or bulldoze an obnoxious Brian Bosworth into traction has never washed with the plainness of the injury that ended his career. It doesn't make sense. The impossible Bo Jackson just fell down and couldn't play football anymore. How does that happen ...
    Oct. 15, 2013 - Deadspin

  • Walter Scott in Wokingham Times
    A conclusion of startling plainness presents itself: our central survival task for the decades ahead, as individuals and as a species, must be to make a transition away from the use of fossil fuels---and to do this as peacefully, equitably and... Richard Heinberg Nov 19, 2008 74984 101073 plainness Fellow poet Walter Scott described him at the time as follows: His person was strong and robust; his manners rustic, not clownish, a sort of dignified plainness and simplicity which received parts of its effect perhaps from the knowledge of his...

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