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plain

lacking in style; unadorned.

plain-bodied
said of a sheep with very few wrinkles.
plain quarters
a horse with fat, rounded hindquarters resembling those of a pig.
plain wool
when the crimp in the staple is barely visible.
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In his private family letters, Cromwell recurrently commended plainness as a manner of speech.
In this respect his work often resembles that of James Merrill, but Christopher differs from that most Proustian of poets in the ascetic plainness of his style, and in his sense of the mystery to be found in the most intractably prosaic of circumstances.
57) He says that the plainness had once been the norm, both to save money for the poor and to avoid distractions from images "done with art.
The images suggest domesticity yet feel coolly Minimalist, juxtaposing the organic and the geometric, the kitsch associations of still life and the pristine plainness of Conceptualism.
Monastic in its rigour and plainness, the new museum embodies a mastery of light and materials that seeks to reconnect with the elementality of art and nature.
Voysey's liking for plainness extended to his own clothes, also designed by him.
Definitions of plainness, he shows in the introduction, are variable and often couched in terms of negation, plainness or simplicity being the absence of ornament or display.
During the same period when Carver's deceptive plainness made him more and more trendy (among his imitators as well as readers), McCarthy's aggressively uncompromising style and increasingly unpalatable substance pushed him further and further from the public eye, to the point that Blood Meridian, still perhaps his greatest work, was noticed only by members of the cult for whom he had become a "writer's writer," and who were probably happy to keep him as their secret.
But that's because the designer has grasped that simplicity and plainness are terrific virtues when you have a lot of visual stories to present.
The plainness of simple cotton dresses in citrus brights, soft pinks, blacks, blues and khaki is lifted with pretty detailing, such as embroidered tops and hems or side splits and patch pockets.
Though Buckley has a good eye for pulling witty and trenchant observations from celebrated critics such as Jon Savage, this technique only serves to underscore the relative plainness of Buckley's own writing.
Set among trees near the estate's main gate, the new chapel is a compact cubic volume, the starkness and plainness of its geometry broken only by the projecting box of the sacristy, which forms a small porch on the south-west side.