merely (adv.) Old form(s): meerely, meerly
only, nothing more than
AYL II.vii.141[Jaques to all] All the world's a stage, / And all the men and women merely players
H8 I.iii.6[Lord Chancellor to Sands] all the good our English / Have got by the late voyage is but merely / A fit or two o'th' face
LC.174[of the man] Thought characters and words merely but art
MM V.i.451.1[Isabella to Duke] Thoughts are no subjects, / Intents but merely thoughts. Mariana: Merely, my lord
Oth I.iii.331[Iago to Roderigo, of love] It is merely a lust of the blood
R2 IV.i.296[Richard to Bolingbroke] these external manners of laments / Are merely shadows to the unseen grief / That swells with silence in the tortured soul
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