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mere

adjective bare, just, nothing but, only, plain, sheer, simple
Associated concepts: mere assumption of title, mere glimmering of reason, mere license, mere possibility
See also: marginal, minor, naked, only, simple

MERE. This is the French word for mother. It is frequently used as, in ventre sa mere, which signifies; a child unborn, or in the womb.

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As he moves toward the point where he eventually finds himself "ready, with the merest encouragement, to destroy his life," he raises questions of the nature of art, aging and the world's collective worship of nascence, and beauty.
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2) A bomb placed around an individual's neck that can explode with the merest sudden movement (a device favoured by some terrorists).