simon-pure

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Etymology[edit]

From the phrase "the real Simon Pure", from the character Simon Pure (who is impersonated by another, and obliged to prove his identity) in Susanna Centlivre's 1717 play A Bold Stroke for a Wife.

Adjective[edit]

simon-pure (not comparable)

  1. Absolutely pure; genuine, authentic.
    • 1992, Kim Newman, Anno Dracula, Titan Books 2011, p. 124:
      ‘Art says the Prince Consort's bloodline is dreadfully polluted, while Ruthven's is simon-pure.’

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