Simplicity

Definition of Simplicity

Sim`plic´i`ty
n.1.The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.
2.The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.
3.Artlessness of mind; freedom from cunning or duplicity; lack of acuteness and sagacity.
Marquis Dorset, a man, for his harmless simplicity neither misliked nor much regarded.
- Hayward.
In wit a man; simplicity a child.
- Pope.
4.Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.
5.Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.
6.Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly.
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning?
- Prov. i. 22.

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