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pure and simple

Definition of pure and simple

  1. :  with nothing other than what has been mentioned —used after a noun or phrase to add emphasis <It was fraud, pure and simple.> <The relationship is over, pure and simple.>



Word by Word Definitions

pureplay
  1. :  unmixed with any other matter

    :  free from dust, dirt, or taint

    :  spotless, stainless

simpleplay
  1. :  free from guile :  innocent

    :  free from vanity :  modest

    :  free from ostentation or display

  1. :  a person of humble birth :  commoner

    :  a rude or credulous person :  ignoramus

    :  a mentally retarded person


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