simonpure

simon-pure

[sahy-muhn-pyoor]
adjective
real; genuine: a simon-pure accent.

Origin:
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
 
adj
real; genuine; authentic
 
[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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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 and is believed only after he has proved his identity.
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