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All's Well That Ends WellAW I.ii.62Mere fathers of their garments; whose constanciesMeere fathers of their garments: whose constancies
All's Well That Ends WellAW II.iii.136Than our foregoers. The mere word's a slave,Then our fore-goers: the meere words, a slaue
All's Well That Ends WellAW III.v.54Ay, surely, mere the truth, I know his lady.I surely meere the truth, I know his Lady.
Antony and CleopatraAC III.xiii.43Our faith mere folly. Yet he that can endureOur Faith meere folly: yet he that can endure
As You Like ItAYL I.ii.240Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block.Is but a quintine, a meere liuelesse blocke.
As You Like ItAYL II.i.61Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what's worseAre meere vsurpers, tyrants, and whats worse
As You Like ItAYL II.vii.166Is second childishness, and mere oblivion,Is second childishnesse, and meere obliuion,
As You Like ItAYL II.vii.182Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly;Most frendship, is fayning; most Louing, meere folly:
As You Like ItAYL II.vii.192Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly;
The Comedy of ErrorsCE V.i.239A mere anatomy, a mountebank,A meere Anatomie, a Mountebanke, 
CoriolanusCor IV.v.85I would have 'voided thee; but in mere spite,I would haue voided thee. But in meere spight
CymbelineCym IV.ii.92Nay, to thy mere confusion, thou shalt knowNay, to thy meere Confusion, thou shalt know
HamletHam I.iii.129But mere implorators of unholy suits,But meere implorators of vnholy Sutes,
HamletHam IV.v.87Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts;Without the which we are Pictures, or meere Beasts.
HamletHam V.i.280.2This is mere madness.This is meere Madnesse:
Henry IV Part 11H4 IV.i.64That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislikeThat wisedome, loyaltie, and meere dislike
Henry IV Part 11H4 V.i.140is a mere scutcheon – and so ends my catechism.is a meere Scutcheon, and so ends my Catechisme.
Henry IV Part 22H4 IV.i.138But this is mere digression from my purpose.But this is meere digression from my purpose.
Henry IV Part 22H4 IV.iii.113and learning a mere hoard of gold kept by a devil, tilland Learning, a meere Hoord of Gold, kept by a Deuill, till
Henry VI Part 11H6 IV.vii.54Submission, Dauphin? 'Tis a mere French word;Submission Dolphin? Tis a meere French word:
Henry VI Part 11H6 V.iv.125Of mere compassion and of lenity,Of meere compassion, and of lenity,
Henry VI Part 22H6 III.ii.250And mere instinct of love and loyalty,And meere instinct of Loue and Loyaltie,
Henry VIIIH8 III.i.112Madam, this is a mere distraction.Madam, this is a meere distraction,
Henry VIIIH8 III.ii.324That out of mere ambition you have causedThat out of meere Ambition, you haue caus'd
Henry VIIIH8 III.ii.329You have for dignities, to the mere undoingYou haue for Dignities, to the meere vndooing
Henry VIIIH8 IV.i.59.1With the mere rankness of their joy.With the meere ranknesse of their ioy.
Julius CaesarJC I.ii.234was mere foolery; I did not mark it. I saw Mark Antonywas meere Foolerie, I did not marke it. I sawe Marke Antony
King LearKL II.iv.85They have travelled all the night? Mere fetches,They haue trauail'd all the night? meere fetches,
King LearKL IV.i.20Our means secure us, and our mere defectsOur meanes secure vs, and our meere defects
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.146She must lie here on mere necessity.She must lye here on meere necessitie.
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.i.152I am forsworn on mere ‘ necessity.’I am forsworne on meere necessitie.
Love's Labour's LostLLL I.ii.33He speaks the mere contrary – crosses loveHe speakes the meere contrary, crosses loue
MacbethMac II.iii.92The wine of life is drawn, and the mere leesThe Wine of Life is drawne, and the meere Lees
MacbethMac IV.iii.89Of your mere own. All these are portable,Of your meere Owne. All these are portable,
MacbethMac IV.iii.152The mere despair of surgery, he cures,The meere dispaire of Surgery, he cures,
Measure for MeasureMM III.i.30The mere effusion of thy proper loins,The meere effusion of thy proper loines
Measure for MeasureMM V.i.152Of a strange fever. Upon his mere request,Of a strange Feauor: vpon his meere request
The Merchant of VeniceMV III.ii.262Engaged my friend to his mere enemy,Ingag'd my friend to his meere enemie
The Merry Wives of WindsorMW IV.v.59Out, alas, sir, cozenage, mere cozenage!Out alas (Sir) cozonage: meere cozonage.
OthelloOth I.i.26As masterly as he. Mere prattle, without practiceAs Masterly as he. Meere pratle (without practise)
OthelloOth I.iii.383But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,But I, for meere suspition in that kinde,
OthelloOth II.i.232than in putting on the mere form of civil andthen in putting on the meere forme of Ciuill, and
OthelloOth II.ii.3the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man putthe meere perdition of the Turkish Fleete: euery man put
PericlesPer IV.ii.116mere profit.meere profite.
Richard IIIR3 III.vii.232Your mere enforcement shall acquittance meYour meere enforcement shall acquittance me
Timon of AthensTim I.i.170A mere satiety of commendations.A meere saciety of Commendations,
Timon of AthensTim IV.iii.232Answer mere nature – bid them flatter thee.Answer meere Nature: bid them flatter thee.
Timon of AthensTim IV.iii.378But even the mere necessities upon't.But euen the meere necessities vpon't:
Timon of AthensTim IV.iii.402The mere want of gold, and the falling-from of histhe meere want of Gold, and the falling from of his
Timon of AthensTim V.iv.14When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit,When thy first greefes were but a meere conceit,
Troilus and CressidaTC I.iii.111In mere oppugnancy: the bounded watersIn meere oppugnancie. The bounded Waters,
Troilus and CressidaTC I.iii.287And may that soldier a mere recreant proveAnd may that Souldier a meere recreant proue,
Troilus and CressidaTC IV.iv.103I with great truth catch mere simplicity;I, with great truth, catch meere simplicitie;
Troilus and CressidaTC V.iii.107Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart;Words, words, meere words, no matter from the heart;
Twelfth NightTN II.i.9No, sooth, sir; my determinate voyage is mereNo sooth sir: my determinate voyage is meere
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK I.ii.42.1Such things to be, mere monsters.Such things to be meere Monsters.
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK II.i.112I see two comforts rising, two mere blessings,I see two comforts rysing, two meere blessings,
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK IV.ii.26Is but his foil; to him, a mere dull shadow.Is but his foyle, to him, a meere dull shadow,
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK IV.ii.44Thou art a changeling to him, a mere gypsy,Thou art a changling to him, a meere Gipsey.
The Two Noble KinsmenTNK IV.ii.52I may go look. What a mere child is fancy,I may goe looke; What a meere child is Fancie,
The Winter's TaleWT II.iii.2To bear the matter thus, mere weakness. IfTo beare the matter thus: meere weaknesse, if
The Winter's TaleWT III.ii.139The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood.The Sessions shall proceed: this is meere falsehood.
The Winter's TaleWT III.ii.142The Prince your son, with mere conceit and fearThe Prince your Sonne, with meere conceit, and feare

Glossary

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baremere, simple
beastmere animal
bookishof mere book-learning, obtained only from books, scholarly
cipherfigure nought, nonentity, mere nothing
elf-skinshrunken thing, mere nothing
mapperymere map-making
meretotally, absolutely
merecomplete, total, absolute, utter
mereexclusively, purely, solely
meresole, personal, particular
nullitynon-event, mere nothing, blank
onlyhabitual, typical; or: mere
outside(plural) mere external thing, outward form
peppercorn[berry of black pepper] tiny thing, mere nothing
signmere semblance, token symbol, show
solemere, simple, alone
verymere, alone

Thesaurus

 13 result(s).
animal, merebeast
book-learning, of merebookish
external thing, mereoutside
map-making, meremappery
meresole
merebare
merevery
mereonly
nothing, mereelf-skin
nothing, merepeppercorn
nothing, merenullity
nothing, merecipher
semblance, meresign

Themes and Topics

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Frequently Encountered Words (FEW)...ou should meet (adj ) 2 (v ) (adv ) mere (adj ) complete total absolute utter ...
...[jaques to all] second childishness and mere oblivion cym iv ii 92 [cloten to guider...
...ym iv ii 92 [cloten to guiderius] to thy mere confusion thou shalt know / i am son to...
...t] he cried upon it at the merest loss mere (adj ) 2 (adv ) merely (adv ) complete...

Words Families

 3 result(s).
Word FamilyWord Family GroupWords
MEREBASICmere adj, mered adj, merely adv
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