2021-8-12 · To be simple is to be great. Undistinguished in social condition; of no special rank . Antonym: gentle. (now rare) Trivial; insignificant . quotations . 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte d''Arthur, Book X: ''That was a symple cause,'' seyde Sir Trystram, ''for to sle a good knyght for seyynge well by his maystir.''.