ungilded









ungilded


adjective

  1. covered or highlighted with gold or something of a golden color.
  2. having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth.

adj.1560s (late Old English had gegylde); in modern use the more dignified past participle of gild (q.v.). Shakespeare’s lilies were never gilded; the quote (“King John,” iv.2) is, “To gild refined gold, to paint the lily.”

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