(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. simple, unornamented (see simpleness); homely (see ugliness). — n. prairie, tableland, steppe, savanna, tundra, heath, pampas, mesa, llana; meadow, pasture, field. See land, horizontal.Ant., fancy.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Obvious]
Syn. open, manifest, clear; see definite 1 , 2 , obvious 1 , 2 , understandable .
2. [Simple]
Syn. unadorned, unostentatious, unpretentious; see modest 2 .
3. [Ordinary]
Syn. everyday, average, commonplace; see common 1 , conventional 1 , 3 , dull 4 , traditional 2 .
4. [Homely]
Syn. plain-featured, coarse-featured, unattractive; see ugly 1 .
5. [In blunt language]
Syn. outspoken, candid, frank, plain-spoken, impolite; see also abrupt 2 , frank , rude 2 .
See Synonym Study at obvious . n.
Syn. prairie, steppe, pampas, champaign, reach, expanse, open country, lowland, flat, level land, mesa, savanna, llano, moorland, moor, heath, wold, steppe, tundra, playa, veldt, downs, peneplain, the High Plains; see also field 1 , meadow .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
level land, expanse, grassland, field, meadow, prairie, steppe, tundra, savannah, *land as flat and featureless as a Euclidian plane.
1. clear evident, obvious, apparent, visible, transparent, open, unmistakable, distinct.
2. understandable simple, straightforward, clear.
3. straightforward honest, frank, blunt, undisguised, unvarnished, outspoken, forthright, direct.
4. un-embellished unadorned, undecorated, austere, stark, colorless, severe, simple, *no frills, bare, restrained, understated.
5. homely ugly, unattractive, *not much to look at, *short on looks.
ANT.: 1. unapparent, unclear, ambiguous. 2. indecipherable, incomprehensible. 3. disguised, indirect. 4. ostentatious, showy, colorful. 5. beautiful, attractive, pretty
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Readily seen, perceived, or understood: apparent, clear, clear-cut, crystal clear, distinct, evident, manifest, noticeable, observable, obvious, patent, pronounced, visible. See SEE. 2. Easily seen through due to a lack of subtlety: broad, clear, obvious, patent, unmistakable, unsubtle. See CLEAR, SEE. 3. Not elaborate or showy, as in appearance or style: modest, simple, unassuming, unostentatious, unpretentious. See PLAIN. 4. Without addition, decoration, or qualification: bald, bare, dry, simple, unadorned, unvarnished. See PLAIN. 5. Free from extraneous elements: absolute, perfect, pure, sheer2, simple, unadulterated, undiluted, unmixed. See CLEAN. 6. Not diluted or mixed with other substances: full-strength, neat, pure, straight, unblended, undiluted, unmixed. See CLEAN, STRONG. 7. Being of no special quality or type: average, common, commonplace, cut-and-dried, formulaic, garden, garden-variety, indifferent, mediocre, ordinary, routine, run-of-the-mill, standard, stock, undistinguished, unexceptional, unremarkable. See GOOD, USUAL. 8. Not handsome or beautiful: homely, unattractive, uncomely, unlovely. Idioms: not much for looks, not much to look at, short on looks. See BEAUTIFUL. 9. Completely such, without qualification or exception: absolute, all-out, arrant, complete, consummate, crashing, damned, dead, downright, flat, out-and-out, outright, perfect, pure, sheer2, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unbounded, unequivocal, unlimited, unmitigated, unqualified, unrelieved, unreserved, utter2. Informal: flat-out, positive. Chiefly British: blooming. See BIG, LIMITED.

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