simplicity

[ sim-plis-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF simplicity

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SIMPLICITY

Simplicity and self-forgetfulness were manifest in carriage and utterance.

Yet something new, inexplicable, thwarted her and changed the simplicity of her passion.

The bluntness of Lizzie's speech disconcerted him, and yet the simplicity of it reassured him.

I did not laugh at her simplicity, nor did I smile or feel any inclination to smile.

He let them do so in the innocence of his heart and the simplicity of his mind.

He was moved in his simplicity to urge moderation by asserting the claims of his own personality.

Let me see—'Dignity of mind and simplicity of character,' was not it?

The simplicity and veracity of the wife of Manoah appear in her address to him.

Vaudemont was startled by the simplicity of the question, and hesitated.

But never talk of innocence, of simplicity, and this unhappy girl, together!

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "singleness of nature, unity, indivisibility; immutability," from Old French simplicite (12c., Modern French simplicité), from Latin simplicitatem (nominative simplicitas) "state of being simple, frankness, openness, artlessness, candor, directness," from simplex (genitive simplicis) "simple" (see simplex). Sense of "ignorance" is from c.1400; that of "simplicity of expression, plainness of style" is early 15c.

Middle English also had simplesse, from French, attested in English from mid-14c. in sense "humility, lack of pride," late 14c. as "wholeness, unity;" c.1400 as "ignorance."

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