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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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The doors swung behind them, leaving Maggie and the mere boy seated at the table.
The mere boy occupied himself with cock-tails and a cigar.
He too looks with pitying contempt on the material achievements of science and the Liberal party as being mere 'machinery,' means to an end, which men mistakenly worship as though it possessed a real value in itself.
Evidently this Culture is not a mere knowledge of books, unrelated to the rest of life.
We shall reach, however, more immediately a distinct conception of what the true Poetry is, by mere reference to a few of the simple elements which induce in the Poet himself the poetical effect He recognizes the ambrosia which nourishes his soul in the bright orbs that shine in Heaven--in the volutes of the flower--in the clustering of low shrubberies--in the waving of the grain-fields--in the slanting of tall eastern trees -- in the blue distance of mountains -- in the grouping of clouds-- in the twinkling of half-hidden brooks--in the gleaming of silver rivers --in the repose of sequestered lakes--in the star-mirroring depths of lonely wells.
Before joining the highroad we followed a mere path through the forest; and the country, with the exception of a few squatters' huts, was very solitary.
Not confining himself to theory, or permitting his faculties to rust, even at that early age, in mere abstract speculations, this promising lad commenced usurer on a limited scale at school; putting out at good interest a small capital of slate-pencil and marbles, and gradually extending his operations until they aspired to the copper coinage of this realm, in which he speculated to considerable advantage.
I made another unprofessional sacrifice to mere curiosity.
As for other acquaintances, there is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world, and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room; human beings, mere men and women, without furniture, without anything to offer you, who have ceased to count as anybody, present an embarrassing negation of reasons for wishing to see them, or of subjects on which to converse with them.
That the mere physiological importance of an organ does not determine its classificatory value, is almost shown by the one fact, that in allied groups, in which the same organ, as we have every reason to suppose, has nearly the same physiological value, its classificatory value is widely different.
Thought" in the narrower sense is that form of consciousness which consists in "ideas" as opposed to impressions or mere memories.
and can't fall on to order, in a hurry, for the mere sake of the sixpences.