simon-pure

[ sahy-muh n-pyoo r ]
/ ˈsaɪ mənˈpyʊər /

adjective

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)
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simon-pure

adjective

real; genuine; authentic

Word Origin for simon-pure

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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