mere (adj.) Old form(s): meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
1H4 IV.i.64[Worcester to Hotspur] It will be thought ... / That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike / Of our proceedings kept the Earl from hence
1H4 V.i.140[Falstaff alone] Honour is a mere scutcheon [or: modern sense]
1H6 IV.vii.54[Lucy to Charles] Submission, Dauphin? 'Tis a mere French word
1H6 V.iv.125[Winchester to the French] in regard King Henry gives consent, / Of mere compassion and of lenity, / To ease your country of distressful war
2H4 IV.i.138[Westmorland to the rebel leaders, of what he has been saying] this is mere digression from my purpose
2H6 III.ii.250[Salisbury to all, of the Commons wanting Suffolk banished] mere instinct of love and loyalty ... / Makes them thus forward in his banishment
AC III.xiii.43[Enobarbus to himself] The loyalty well held to fools does make / Our faith mere folly
AYL II.i.61[First Lord to Duke Senior, of Jaques] swearing that we / Are mere usurpers
AYL II.vii.166[Jaques to all] last Scene of all, ... / Is second childishness, and mere oblivion
AYL II.vii.182[Amiens singing] Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly
CE V.i.239[Antipholus of Ephesus to Duke, of Pinch] A mere anatomy, a mountebank
Cor IV.v.85[Coriolanus to Aufidius] in mere spite, / To be full quit of those my banishers, / Stand I before thee here
Cym IV.ii.92[Cloten to Guiderius] to thy mere confusion, thou shalt know I am son to th'queen
H8 III.i.112[Wolsey to Queen Katherine, of her response] Madam, this is a mere distraction
H8 III.ii.324[Suffolk to Wolsey] out of mere ambition you have caused / Your holy hat to be stamped on the King's coin
H8 III.ii.329[Surrey to Wolsey] you have sent innumerable substance ... / To furnish Rome, and to prepare the ways / You have for dignities, to the mere undoing / Of all the kingdom
H8 IV.i.59.1[Third Gentleman to First and Second Gentlemen, of the crowds] I am stifled / With the mere rankness of their joy
Ham IV.v.87[Claudius to Gertrude, of Ophelia] Divided from herself and her fair judgement, / Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts
Ham V.i.280.2[Gertrude to all] This is mere madness
JC I.ii.234[Casca to Brutus and Cassius, of how Caesar was offered the crown] it was mere foolery
KL II.iv.85[Lear to Gloucester, of Regan's excuses] Mere fetches
LLL I.i.146[King to Berowne, of the Princess] She must lie here on mere necessity
LLL I.ii.33[Mote to himself, of Armado] He speaks the mere contrary
Mac II.iii.92[Macbeth to all] The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees / Is left this vault to brag of
Mac IV.iii.152Malcolm to Macduff, of the English king] All swollen and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye, / The mere despair of surgery, he cures
MM III.i.30[disguised Duke to Claudio] thine own bowels ... / The mere effusion of thy proper loins
MV III.ii.262[Bassanio to Portia] I have ... / Engaged my friend to his mere enemy
MW IV.v.59[Bardolph to Host] Out, alas, sir, cozenage, mere cozenage!
Oth I.i.26[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] Mere prattle, without practice / Is all his soldiership
Oth I.iii.383[Iago alone, of his suspicion about Othello] I know not if't be true / But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / Will do as if for surety
Oth II.i.232[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] no further conscionable than in putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming
Oth II.ii.3[Herald to all] the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet
TC I.iii.111[Ulysses to all] Each thing meets / In mere oppugnancy
TC I.iii.287[Agamemnon to all] may that soldier a mere recreant prove / That means not, hath not, or is not in love
TC IV.iv.103[Troilus to Cressida] I with great truth catch mere simplicity
Tim I.i.170[Timon to Jeweller, of the value of a jewel] A mere satiety of commendations
Tim IV.iii.232[Apemantus to Timon, of creatures] whose bare unhoused trunks, / To the conflicting elements exposed, / Answer mere nature [i.e. as it really is]
Tim IV.iii.378[Timon to Apemantus] I am sick of this false world, and will love naught / But even the mere necessities upon't [i.e. the absolute requirements]
Tim IV.iii.402[First Bandit to other Bandits] The mere want of gold
Tim V.iv.14[First Senator to Timon] When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit
TN II.i.9[Sebastian to Antonio] my determinate voyage is mere extravagancy
TNK I.ii.42.1[Arcite to Palamon] here were to be strangers, and / Such things to be, mere monsters
TNK II.i.112[Arcite to Palamon] I see two comforts rising, two mere blessings, / If the gods please
TNK IV.ii.26[Emilia alone, of Arcite] Palamon / Is but his foil; to him, a mere dull shadow
TNK IV.ii.44[Emilia alone, of Palamon] Lie there, Arcite; / Thou art a changeling to him, a mere gypsy
TNK IV.ii.52[Emilia alone] What a mere child is fancy
WT II.iii.2[Leontes alone] It is but weakness / To bear the matter thus, mere weakness
WT III.ii.139[Leontes to all] There is no truth at all i'th' oracle! / The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood
WT III.ii.142[Servant to Leontes] The Prince your son, with mere conceit and fear / Of the Queen's speed, is gone
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