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[sahy-muh n-pyoo r]
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  1. real; genuine: a simon-pure accent.
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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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Related Words for simon-pure

artificial, goody-goody, sanctimonious, smug, snobbish, unctuous, judgmental, pietistic, high-hat, simon-pure

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Historical Examples of simon-pure

  • The simon-pure cowpuncher would not accept a self-cocker as a gift.

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

    H. Hagedorn.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for simon-pure


  1. real; genuine; authentic
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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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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.

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