mere (adv.) Old form(s): meere
totally, absolutely
AW I.ii.62[King to all, of young courtiers] whose judgements are / Mere fathers of their garments [i.e. totally devoted to their clothing] [or: adjectival use]
AW III.v.54[Helena to Diana, answering a question] Ay, surely, mere the truth [i.e. that's nothing but the truth]
AYL I.ii.240[Orlando to Rosalind and Celia] that which here stands up / Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block
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