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mere adj.: absolute, sheer, perfect, downright Wiv. IV. v. 64 “cozenage, cozenage,” LLL. I. ii. 36 “the contrary,” H8 III. ii. 330 “the undoing Of all the kingdom,” Mac. IV. iii. 152 “The despair of surgery,” Oth. II. ii. 3, Cym. IV. ii. 92 “to thy confusion.” ∥ A common sense for more than two centuries, surviving late in the 18th; but less freq. in S. than the ordinary mod. use (which is not pre-Eliz.).
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