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  • lacking in physical beauty or proportion
    • a homely child
    • several of the buildings were downright homely
    • a plain girl with a freckled face
  • lacking embellishment or ornamentation
    • a plain hair style
    • unembellished white walls
    • functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete
  • free from any effort to soften to disguise
    • the plain and unvarnished truth
    • the unvarnished candor of old people and children
  • not mixed with extraneous elements
    • plain water
    • sheer wine
    • not an unmixed blessing
  • lacking patterns especially in color
  • not elaborate or elaborated; simple
    • plain food
    • stuck to the plain facts
    • a plain blue suit
    • a plain rectangular brick building
  • clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    • the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields
    • evident hostility
    • manifest disapproval
    • patent advantages
    • made his meaning plain
    • it is plain that he is no reactionary
    • in plain view
  • unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
    • the answer is obviously wrong
    • she was in bed and evidently in great pain
    • he was manifestly too important to leave off the guest list
    • it is all patently nonsense
    • she has apparently been living here for some time
    • I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
    • You are plainly wrong
    • he is plain stubborn
  • a basic knitting stitch
  • extensive tract of level open land
    • they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain
    • he longed for the fields of his youth
  • express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    • My mother complains all day
    • She has a lot to kick about
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