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[sahy-muh n-pyoo r] /ˈsaɪ mənˈpyʊər/
real; genuine:
a simon-pure accent.
Origin of simon-pure
1710-20; short for the real Simon Pure, alluding to the victim of impersonation in Susanna Centlivre's play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for simon-pure
Historical Examples
  • The simon-pure cowpuncher would not accept a self-cocker as a gift.

  • The solo is Massenet, simon-pure Massenet, the idol of the Paris midinette.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • To use a philosophical term, the paranoiac is the simon-pure "solipsist."

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • He looked the very picture and pattern of a simon-pure salt.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
  • He has a cupboard love for Sarah, but I think that his affection for me is simon-pure.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
  • I'm not sure that there have been any simon-pure accidents at all.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • If he keeps on, some day he'll become the simon-pure article.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
  • I thought the real, simon-pure golfer didn't mind the weather.

    The Half-Back

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • They are perfect Chinese for ingenuity and imitation, and the resemblance to the real simon-pure is very perfect—externally.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Southern New England is already pretty tightly set as a simon-pure railroad region.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for simon-pure


real; genuine; authentic
Word Origin
C19: from the phrase the real Simon Pure, name of a character in the play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1717) by Susannah Centlivre (1669–1723) who is impersonated by another character in some scenes
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Word Origin and History for simon-pure

1815, from the true Simon Pure "the genuine person or thing" (1795), from Simon Pure, name of a Quaker who is impersonated by another character (Colonel Feignwell) in part of the comedy "A Bold Stroke for a Wife" (1717) by Susannah Centlivre, English dramatist and actress. The real Simon Pure is dealt with as an imposter in the play and is believed only after he has proved his identity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for simon-pure



Genuine; unadulterated

[1840+; the name of a virtuous Quaker in Susanna Centlivre's 1717 play A Bold Stroke for a Wife]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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