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Mere, pure; 1) only; simply that which is designated, and nothing else: “the m. effusion of thy proper loins,” Meas. III, 1, 30. “upon his m. request came I hither,” V, 152 (his request was my only motive). “a m. anatomy,” Err. V, 238. “a quintain, a m. lifeless block,” As I, 2, 263. “we are m. usurpers,” II, 1, 61. “whose judgments are m. fathers of their garments,” All's I, 2, 62 (have no other business but to devise new fashions). “the m. word is a slave deboshed on every tomb,” II, 3, 144. “my determinate voyage is m. extravagancy,” Tw. II, 1, 12. “it is but weakness, m. weakness,” Wint. II, 3, 2. “the prince, with m. conceit and fear, is gone,” III, 2, 145. “wisdom, loyalty and m. dislike of our proceedings kept the earl from hence,” H4A IV, 1, 64. “honour is a m. scutcheon,” V, 1, 143. “this is m. digression,” H4B IV, 1, 140. “learning a m. hoard of gold,” IV, 3, 124. “submission! 'tis a m. French word,” H6A IV, 7, 54. “this is a m. distraction,” H8 III, 1, 112. “out of m. ambition,” III, 2, 324. “I am stifled with the m. rankness of their joy,” IV, 1, 59. “I with great truth catch m. simplicity,” Troil. IV, 4, 106. “m. words, no matter,” V, 3, 108. “in m. spite,” Cor. IV, 5, 88. “a m. satiety of commendations,” Tim. I, 1, 166. “answer m. nature,” IV, 3, 231. “love nought but even the m. necessities,” IV, 3, 231 “the m. want of gold” IV, 3, 231 “but a m. conceit,” V, 4, 14. “it was m. foolery,” Caes. I, 2, 236. “the m. lees is left,” Mcb. II, 3, 100. “to fill up your will, of your m. own,” IV, 3, 89. “m. implorators of unholy suits,” Hml. I, 3, 129. “pictures, or m. beasts,” IV, 5, 86. “this is m. madness,” V, 1, 307. “m. fetches,” Lr. II, 4, 90. our m. defects prove our commodities, IV, I, 22. “this is m. practice,” V, 3, 151 (Qq this is practice). “m. prattle,” Oth. I, 1, 26. “for m. suspicion,” I, 3, 395. “putting on the m. form of civil seeming,” II, 1, 243. “make our faith m. folly,” Ant. III, 13, 43. “your pleasure was my m. offence,” Cymb. V, 5, 334 (which should be: your m. pleasure was my offence. But Ff neer and near).
2) unqualified, absolute: “cozenage, m. cozenage,” Wiv. IV, 5, 64. “she must lie here on m. necessity,” LLL I, 1, 149. “he speaks the m. contrary,” I, 2, 35. “engaged my friend to his m. enemy,” Merch. III, 2, 265. “second childishness and m. oblivion,” As II, 7, 165. most loving (is) “m. folly,” As II, 7, 165 “this is m. falsehood,” Wint. III, 2, 142. “of m. compassion and of lenity,” H6A V, 4, 125. “m. instinct of love and loyalty,” H6B III, 2, 250. “your m. enforcement shall acquittance me,” R3 III, 7, 233. “to the m. undoing of all the kingdom,” H8 III, 2, 329. “each thing meets in m. oppugnancy,” Troil. I, 3, 111. “may that soldier a m. recreant prove,” Troil. I, 3, 111 “the m. despair of surgery,” Mcb. IV, 3, 152. “the m. perdition of the Turkish fleet,” Oth. II, 2, 3. “to thy further fear, nay, to thy m. confusion, thou shalt know,” Cymb. IV, 2, 92. “that pity begets you a good opinion, and that opinion a m. profit,” Per. IV, 2, 132. Superl. --st: “he cried upon it at the --st loss,” Shr. Ind. 1, 23.
Adverbially: “think you it is so? Ay, surely, m. the truth,” All's III, 5, 58.
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