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1. Genuinely and thoroughly pure.
2. Superficially or hypocritically virtuous.
[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).]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. real; genuine.
2. untainted; pure.
[1795–1805; short for the real Simon Pure, alluding to the victim of impersonation in S. Centlivre's play A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)]
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