warts and all

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See also: warts-and-all


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warts and all (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, often hyphenated) Of or pertaining to a description or other depiction which reveals the full range of characteristics of a person or thing, including the shortcomings and imperfections.
    • 1957, "The Last Days of Freud," Time, 14 Oct.:
      Biographer Jones, for all his hero worship, belongs to the warts-and-all school, and notes some strange quirks in Freud's character.



warts and all (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) In a manner which does not conceal shortcomings or imperfections.
    • 2003, Donna Freydkin, "Young and voyeuristic," USA Today, 14 Jan.:
      The new crop of reality shows brings us that much closer to the contestants, warts and all.


See also[edit]


  • warts and all” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)