from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Genuinely and thoroughly pure.
  • adj. Superficially or hypocritically virtuous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Absolutely pure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Genuine; true; real; authentic; -- a term alluding to the comedy character Simon Pure, who is impersonated by another and is obliged to prove himself to be the “real Simon Pure.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Genuine; authentic; true.


From the phrase the real Simon Pure, after Simon Pure, a character in the play A Bold Stroke for a Wife by Susannah Centlivre (1669-1723).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "It was no use now to cry that she was not an intellectual who had not made the grade, that she was a simon-pure rube; not a soul would believe her."

    Jean Stafford, "Children Are Bored on Sunday," in David Remnick, ed., Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker (New York: Random House, 2000), pp. 360-61.

    October 12, 2015