Jeffersonian simplicity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jeffersonian simplicity The absence of pomp or display which Jefferson aimed at in his administration as President (1801-1809), eschewing display or ceremony tending to distinguish the President from the people, as in going to the capital on horseback and with no escort, the abolition of court etiquette and the weekly levee, refusal to recognize titles of honor, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Jeffersonian simplicity is preached; extravagance is practised.
"'Tis Sixty Years Since" by Charles Francis Adams
Here sits Peter Stirling, the ward politician, enthroned in Jeffersonian simplicity.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
Jeffersonian simplicity would be lost on them.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
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