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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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With an easy condescension, and kind forbearance towards our stupidity -- which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little short of crime -- would he forth-with, by the merest touch of his finger, make the incomprehensible as clear as daylight.
I was standing on the dock, when, by the merest accident, I fell in talk with him.
Many a wire, in less than two or three years, was withered to the merest shred of rust.
I am an air scout, friend, and very near a dead one, for just by the merest chance I escaped falling to the avenue below," I replied.
I knew both Moreau and Montgomery carried revolvers; and, save for a feeble bar of deal spiked with a small nail, the merest mockery of a mace, I was unarmed.
Is it possible that you can see anything more than the merest chance in this meeting?
The memory of the merest trifle at home would please me, and I would think and think how nice things used to be at home.
Because I happened to be in the ante-chamber when the cardinal called me, by the merest chance.
And whether she once lived or no, I am convinced that she no longer survives, and that therefore it is the merest folly to waste our own lives and happiness in seeking her.
In that case, monsieur will be able to aid me in finding out what was mademoiselle's reason for making me sit before her sofa one mortal hour, listening to the most copious and fluent dissertation on the merest frivolities.
I am almost ashamed to own - yes, even in this felon's cell, I am almost ashamed to own - that the terror and horror with which the animal inspired me, had been heightened by one of the merest chimaeras it would be possible to conceive.
The plunge into this pit I had avoided by the merest of accidents, I knew that surprise, or entrapment into torment, formed an important portion of all the grotesquerie of these dungeon deaths.