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Syllabification: mere

adjective

[attributive]
1That is solely or no more or better than what is specified: it happened a mere decade ago questions that cannot be answered by mere mortals
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  • Our ideas today of discourse and archives must be radically modified and can no longer be defined as Foucault painstakingly tried to describe them a mere two decades ago.
  • Was it a mere decade ago he was teaching me about history?
  • A mere decade ago, we were all stupid, docile sheep.
1.1 (the merest) The smallest or slightest: the merest hint of makeup
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  • He saw her slim frame tense slightly, and the merest hint of a smile, but there was no reply.
  • No sir, these are nameless ones without the merest hint of date or place.
  • I want to do that slight nod of the head, the merest hint of a smile and have that: ‘we did it’ glow.
Synonyms
no more than, just, only, merely;
a paltry, a measly, an insignificant, an ordinary, a minor, a little, a piddling, a piffling

Origin

late Middle English (in the senses 'pure' and 'sheer, downright'): from Latin merus 'undiluted'.

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Syllabification: mere

noun

chiefly literary
A lake, pond, or arm of the sea.
Example sentences
  • Cecilia's surname Dela-mere puns ingeniously: over the sea, but also over the mere or lake.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meer 'lake' and German Meer 'sea', from an Indo-European root shared by Russian more and Latin mare.

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noun

A Maori war club, especially one made of greenstone.

Origin

Maori.

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