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pure and simple

No more and no less, plainly so, as in This so-called educational video is really a game, pure and simple. This expression is very nearly redundant, since pure and simple here mean “plain” and “unadorned.” Oscar Wilde played on it in The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” [Second half of 1800s]

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Related Words for pure and simple

simple, sheer, bare, minor, pure, real, perfect, natural, classic, plain, unadulterated, authentic, bright, neat, transparent, true, modest, clean, elementary, uncomplicated

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Historical Examples of pure and simple

  • This was a pure-and-simple buccaneering venture, conducted with spirit and skill, and finally with success.

    A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688

    David Hannay