• WordNet 3.6
    • n simplicity lack of ornamentation "the room was simply decorated with great restraint"
    • n simplicity freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease","they put it into containers for ease of transportation","the very easiness of the deed held her back"
    • n simplicity the quality of being simple or uncompounded "the simplicity of a crystal"
    • n simplicity absence of affectation or pretense
    • n simplicity a lack of penetration or subtlety "they took advantage of her simplicity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Simplicity 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.""In wit a man; simplicity a child."
    • Simplicity Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.
    • Simplicity Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness; clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.
    • Simplicity The quality or state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.
    • Simplicity The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.
    • Simplicity Weakness of intellect; silliness; folly. "How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity ? and the scorners delight in their scorning?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n simplicity The state or property of being simple The state or mode of being uncompounded; existence in elementary form.
    • n simplicity Freedom from complexity or intricacy.
    • n simplicity Freedom from difficulty of execution or understanding; easiness; especially, lack of abstruseness; clearness; also, an instance or illustration of simple clearness.
    • n simplicity Freedom from artificial ornament; plainness, as of dress, style, or the like.
    • n simplicity Artlessness of mind or conduct; unaffectedness; sincerity; absence of parade or pretense.
    • n simplicity Ignorance arising from lack either of education or of intelligence; especially, lack of common sense; foolishness; childishness; also, an act of folly; a foolish mistake.
    • n simplicity Synonyms See simple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Simplicity the state or quality of being simple: singleness: want of complication: openness: clearness: freedom from excessive adornment: plainness: sincerity: artlessness: credulity, silliness, folly
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  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.”
  • Sir Richard Steele
    “Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.”
  • Philip James Bailey
    Philip James Bailey
    “Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.”
  • Eugene Delacroix
    “A taste for simplicity cannot endure for long.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. simplicité, L. simplicitas,. See Simple
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.


In literature:

They are not safe companions for innocence and simplicity like yours.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Simplicity was the secret of his power.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
This theory, however, tempting as it is by its simplicity, cannot be accepted in this unqualified form.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The word 'simplicity' has had a touch of contempt associated with it.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
They till the earth still with the simplicity of old, looking straight to the gods for recompense.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
My childlike simplicity, which was the state wherein God at that time kept me, passed with her for stupidity.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
How magnificent is its bare simplicity when set off by the plain gold ring!
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
The age yearned for the realization of simplicity, sincerity, truth and nature.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
There's a delightful touch of the simplicity of natural speech here.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
The spirit of simplicity is not an inherited gift, but the result of a laborious conquest.
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner

In poetry:

The laughter, the simplicity
Of sunlight, what is it?
The rainbow's glory of all hues,
The candour infinite!
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
All young and ignorant was he,
But innocent and mild,
And, in his soft simplicity,
Out spoke the tender child:--
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
In faith and kinship with real life
And with the future knit as one,
We're bound to find immortal words
Of unbelievable simplicity.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
Tho' the wife of a peasant, yet none
Her grandeur of heart rose above;
And her husband was nature's true son
In simplicity, labour, and love.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
O that some power would give me Adam's eyes!
O for the straight simplicity of Eve!
For I see nought, or grow, poor fool, too wise
With seeing to believe.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
I feel as if a spirit's wing came near and brush'd my heart,
And bade, before I yield to sleep, earth's heavy cares depart;
Father, in all simplicity: I breathe the prayer I love,
Oh, watch around my slumbering form, or take my soul above,
"My Piazza." by Caroline Howard Gilman

In news:

The simplicity of running is part of its addiction.
The flavors of Italy are best expressed in simplicity: a dash of spices, a little oil and dinner's on the table in minutes—especially if you use frozen spinach and frozen ravioli or tortellini.
But some filmmakers can't leave well enough alone—don't they know we like our black-and-white, and that sometimes simplicity is holy.
Ultimate bond strength and ultimate simplicity.
Simplicity comes at a cost, but it can also create opportunities.
Sometimes authenticity and simplicity just don't mix.
MISS SIMPLICITY Cheese Buttons From The Rock Roof Inn Some of the best cookbooks I own are the ones that churches compile.
For simplicity, we bake our stuffing.
The plates that come from Sam 's kitchen carry strong Mediterranean influences, but the ingredients and simplicity are undeniably coastal Maine.
As a novice wine taster, I appreciate the simplicity of wine.
While this year films like "Cloud Atlas" sought to reinvent narrative structure, adding complex story arcs that span centuries, a film like "The Life of Pi" shows that there is plenty of life in simplicity.
SafeWeb SEA secures VPN and extranets when simplicity counts.
Simplicity with street and mountain sensibilityColorado Business Magazine Weisner Media Denver News ColoradoBIZ Magazine.
Danny Meyer started the big-name simplicity and seems to have done it best.
The essence of Shaker design is simplicity.

In science:

Abelian variety, finite field, absolute simplicity.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
In this section the 2D paraxial theory is applied to the case of an external magnetic field; for simplicity U = 0, generalization to U 6= 0 is straightforward.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
For simplicity, let us consider the case β = 2.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
For simplicity, let us consider the simplest ensemble, the chUE.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
For simplicity, we consider only a Gaussian probability distribution.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD