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Plainly, 1) clearly, distinctly: “p. conceive, I love you,” Meas. II, 4, 141. “spake he so doubtfully? Nay, he struck so p.” Err. II, 1, 52. “I must tell thee p., Claudio undergoes my challenge,” Ado V, 2, 57. “who mayst see as p. as heaven sees earth,” Wint. I, 2, 315. “do p. give you out an unstained shepherd,” IV, 4, 149. “tongues of heaven p. denouncing vengeance,” John III, 4, 159. “hear me more p.” H4B IV, 1, 66. “which p. signified that I should snarl and bite,” H6C V, 6, 76. “lets them p. see it,” Cor. II, 2, 16. “then p. know,” Rom. II, 3, 57.
2) without disguise, openly, honestly, sincerely: “p. say thou lovest her well,” Pilgr. 309. “tell them p. he is Snug the joiner,” Mids. III, 1, 47. my foes tell me p. “I am an ass,” Tw. V, 20. “and tell him p., the selfsame sun . . . .,” Wint. IV, 4, 454. H4B I, 3, 3. H5 III, 5, 28. H6C IV, 1, 8. Cor. V, 3, 3. Lr. IV, 7, 62 (to deal p.).
3) simply, without ornament: “an honest tale speeds best being p. told,” R3 IV, 4, 358.
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