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merely: absolutely, entirely Tp. I. i. 61 “ cheated of our lives,” R2 II. i. 244, Cor. III. i. 303 “clean kam.— awry,” Ham. I. ii. 137 “things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely.” ∥ About as freq. as the meaning ‘only’.
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    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 3.1
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