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Simple, adj. 1) consisting of one thing only, uncompounded: “for compound sweet forgoing s. savour,” Sonn. 125, 7. “s. were so well compounded,” Phoen. 44. “with eggs, sir? S. of itself,” Wiv. III, 5, 32.
2) mere, pure, being no more and no less than, nothing else but: “she tells to your highness s. truth,” Err. V, 211. “here's a s. line of life,” Merch. II, 2, 169. “nine maids is a s. coming-in for one man,” Merch. II, 2, 169 “here are s. scapes,” Merch. II, 2, 169 “that is another s. sin in you, to bring the ewes and rams together,” As III, 2, 82. “whose s. touch is powerful to araise King Pepin,” All's II, 1, 78. “Salisbury and Warwick are no s. peers,” H6B I, 3, 77. “attended by a s. guard,” H6C IV, 2, 16. “lying with s. shells,” Per. III, 1, 65.
3) plain, not distinguished by any excellence, of an average quality, common: “my shallow s. skill,” Gent. I, 2, 8; Wiv. I, 1, 30; Ado I, 1, 168; Mids. V, 110. “he's a justice of peace, s. though I stand here,” Wiv. I, 1, 226. “not only in the s. office of love,” IV, 2, 4. “you have s. wits,” LLL V, 2, 264. “doth my s. feature content you?” As III, 3, 3. “toward the education of your daughters I here bestow a s. instrument,” Shr. II, 100. “great floods have flown from s. sources,” All's II, 1, 143. “there's a s. putting off,” II, 2, 43. “I am a s. maid,” II, 3, 72. “this s. syllogism,” Tw. I, 5, 55. it (mine iron) “is a s. one,” H5 II, 1, 8. “no s. man that sees this jarring discord,” H6A IV, 1, 187. “our s. supper ended,” H6B II, 2, 2. “I am a s. woman,” H8 II, 4, 106. “nature prompts them in s. and low things to prince it,” Cymb. III, 3, 85. Almost == mean, of low rank: “this s. peasant,” Shr. Ind. 1, 135. “we that are not s. men,” Wint. IV, 4, 772. “a s. countryman,” Ant. V, 2, 342.
4) plain, artless, harmless, unaffected, sincere: he might be buried in a tomb so s. (as Adonis' dimples) Ven. 244. under whose (love's) s. semblance he (lust) “hath fed upon fresh beauty,” Ven. 244 “s. truth miscalled simplicity,” Sonn. 66, 11. 138, 8. “who, young and s., would not be so lovered?” Compl. 320. “to witness s. virtue,” Ado IV, 1, 39. “this is a gift that I have, s., s.” LLL IV, 2, 67. “in his s. show he harbours treason.” H6B III, 1, 54. “his s. truth must be abused,” R3 I, 3, 52. “and --r than the infancy of truth,” Troil. III, 2, 177. “think true love acted s. modesty,” Rom. III, 2, 16. “there are no tricks in plain and s. truth,” Caes. IV, 2, 22. “in s. and pure soul I come to you,” Oth. I, 1, 107.
5) silly, witless, weak in intellect: Gent. II, 1, 38. Wiv. IV, 2, 182. Err. III, 2, 16. LLL IV, 1, 142. Mids. III, 2, 317. Merch. III, 2, 81. Shr. V, 2, 161. Wint. IV, 4, 355. Wint. IV, 4, 355 H6B IV, 4, 10. H6C I, 2, 59. III, 1, 83. R3 I, 1, 118. I, 3, 328. III, 2, 26 (Qq fond). Rom. II, 5, 38. III, 1, 37. Tim. V, 1, 27 “(--r).” Hml. I, 2, 97. Lr. IV, 6, 155. Oth. IV, 2, 20. Ant. V, 2, 273. Cymb. III, 4, 135.
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