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ADJECTIVES Just; mere; proper, very; influenced by their Latin meaning

Mere = "unmixed with anything else:" hence, by inference, "intact," "complete."

“The mere perdition of the Turkish fleet.

i.e. the "complete destruction."

“Strangely-visited people,
The mere despair of surgery.

i.e. "the utter despair." So Rich. III. iii. 7. 263.

The word now means "unmixed," and therefore, by inference, "nothing but," "bare," "insignificant." But, in accordance with its original meaning, "not merely," in Bacon, is used for "not entirely." So Hamlet, i. 2. 137.

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