Sim*plic"i*ty (?), n. [F.
simplicité, L. simplicitas. See Simple.]
1. The quality or state of being simple, unmixed,
or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of
2. The quality or state of being not complex,
or of consisting of few parts; as, the simplicity of a
3. 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.
4. Freedom from artificial ornament,
pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of
dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet;
simplicity of life.
5. Freedom from subtlety or abstruseness;
clearness; as, the simplicity of a doctrine; the
simplicity of an explanation or a demonstration.
6. Weakness of intellect; silliness;
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love
simplicity? and the scorners delight in their
scorning? Prov. i. 22.