Bareness



without covering or clothing; naked; nude:
bare legs.
without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.:
bare walls.
open to view; unconcealed; undisguised:
his bare dislike of neckties.
unadorned; bald; plain:
the bare facts.
(of cloth) napless or threadbare.
scarcely or just sufficient; mere:
the bare necessities of life.
Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded.
to open to view; reveal or divulge:
to bare one’s arms; to bare damaging new facts.
Historical Examples

The whitewashed walls were so painfully bare and staring that she thought they must ache over their own bareness.
Anne Of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery

The little white-curtained room was bareness and neatness itself.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

Shall we say, then, that bareness is natural to the mountain?
The Freethinker’s Text Book, Part II. Annie Besant

And he liked East Wellmouth, bareness and bleakness and lonesomeness and all.
Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln

But the drifting leaves hid the bareness, and magic covered everything.
The Little House in the Fairy Wood Ethel Cook Eliot

No doubt this is a partial explanation of the bareness of American politics.
A Preface to Politics Walter Lippmann

Her feet were bare, and their bareness was only a revelation of greater beauty, so perfect was their arched slenderness.
Lodusky Frances Hodgson Burnett

When I say the bareness I mean the absence of woods and hedges.
A Little Tour in France Henry James

His big head was quite bald, and the bareness of his forehead only served to make his bushy eyebrows more prominent.
Mauprat George Sand

The room was not large, but its bareness of furniture made it appear so.
Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

adjective
unclothed; exposed: used esp of a part of the body
without the natural, conventional, or usual covering or clothing: a bare tree
lacking appropriate furnishings, etc: a bare room
unembellished; simple: the bare facts
(prenomial) just sufficient; mere: he earned the bare minimum
with one’s bare hands, without a weapon or tool
verb
(transitive) to make bare; uncover; reveal
verb
(archaic) a past tense of bear1
n.

early 15c., from bare (adj.) + -ness.
adj.

Old English bær “naked, uncovered, unclothed,” from Proto-Germanic *bazaz (cf. German bar, Old Norse berr, Dutch baar), from PIE *bhosos (cf. Armenian bok “naked;” Old Church Slavonic bosu, Lithuanian basas “barefoot”). Meaning “sheer, absolute” (c.1200) is from the notion of “complete in itself.”
v.

Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

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  • Barer

    without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls. open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts. (of cloth) napless or threadbare. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded. to open […]

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    without covering or clothing; naked; nude: bare legs. without the usual furnishings, contents, etc.: bare walls. open to view; unconcealed; undisguised: his bare dislike of neckties. unadorned; bald; plain: the bare facts. (of cloth) napless or threadbare. scarcely or just sufficient; mere: the bare necessities of life. Obsolete. with the head uncovered; bareheaded. to open […]



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