Simon Legree


Si·​mon Le·​gree ˌsī-mən-lə-ˈgrē How to pronounce Simon Legree (audio)
: a slave owner who has Tom flogged to death in Harriet B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin

Examples of Simon Legree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samuel Pinchard, the plantation owner, is a literary descendent of Simon Legree, but Jeffers has drawn him in the full height of psychological complexity. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Simon Legree was in 1852

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“Simon Legree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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