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  1. [adverb] 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"
    Synonyms: obviously, evidently, manifestly, patently, apparently, ly

  2. [noun] extensive tract of level open land; "they emerged from the woods onto a vast open plain"; "he longed for the fields of his youth"
    Synonyms: field, champaign

  3. [noun] a basic knitting stitch
    Synonyms: knit, knit stitch, stitch

  4. [verb] express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
    Synonyms: comkick, sound off, quetch, kvetch

  5. [adjective] clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "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"
    Synonyms: apparent, evident, manifest, patent

  6. [adjective] not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"

  7. [adjective] lacking patterns especially in color
    Synonyms: unpatterned

  8. [adjective] not mixed with extraneous elements; "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"
    Synonyms: sheer, unmingled, unmixed

  9. [adjective] free from any effort to soften to disguise; "the plain and unvarnished truth"; "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"
    Synonyms: unvarnished

  10. [adjective] lacking embellishment or ornamentation; "a plain hair style"; "unembellished white walls"; "functional architecture featuring stark unornamented concrete"
    Synonyms: unembellished, unornamented

  11. [adjective] lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"
    Synonyms: literal, unembellished

  12. [adjective] comprehensible to the general public; "written for the popular press in plain nontechnical language"
    Synonyms: popular

  13. [adjective] lacking in physical beauty or proportion; "a homely child"; "several of the buildings were downright homely"; "a plain girl with a freckled face"
    Synonyms: homely


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