Definition for SIM-PLIC'I-TY

SIM-PLIC'I-TY, n. [L. simplicitas; Fr. simplicité; It. simplicità; Sp. simplicidad.]

  1. Singleness; the state of being unmixed or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.
  2. The state of being not complex, or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a machine.
  3. Artlessness of mind; freedom from a propensity to cunning or stratagem; freedom from duplicity; sincerity. Marquis Dorset, a man for his harmless simplicity neither misliked nor much regarded. Hayward.
  4. Plainness; freedom from artificial ornament; as, the simplicity of a dress, of style, of language, &c. Simplicity in writing is the first of excellencies.
  5. Plainness; freedom from subtilty or abstruseness; as, the simplicity of Scriptural doctrines or truth.
  6. Weakness of intellect; silliness. – Hooker. Godly simplicity, in Scripture, is a fair, – and practice of evangelical truth, with a single view to obedience and to the glory of God.

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