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Mere \Mere\ (m[=e]r), a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.]

  1. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.

    Then entered they the mere, main sea.

    The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  2. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.

    From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation.


a. (en-superlative of: mere)

Usage examples of "merest".

They were especially noted for their cunning in following the merest whiff of barguas-spoor and their tactics when they had cornered one.

Greed was quickly kindled, since everyone knew what the merchant ship had yielded: the merest trifle in comparison to what a full station would render up.

Even if they had time enough to bring in the heavy haulers from the Clan fleet, only the merest tithe of the goods to be found in this size station could be transported.

She caught the merest glint of sunlight on the orange of his sled, then flew on to the next ravine as if she hadn't spotted him and mimicked his tactics until he showed at the southern edge, just as she'd expected.

The merest drop of the powerful anaesthetic tended to render a patient unconscious for a full day.

S6me of the soft berries were so bitter the merest morsel caused the mouth to pucker.

Amused by the tactic, he smiled up at her and thought he could detect the merest hint of acknowledgment.

I cannot estimate how many hundreds of people have been infected by the merest contact with those so contagious.

The earthshake had been more noticeable at Monaco Bay and Eastern Weyr, but had been the merest shiver at Cove Hold, noticed only because of the disappearance of the fire-lizards.

While he was more apt to listen to G'bol than anyone else, F'lar ignored the merest hint of let­ting anyone else lead his Weyr.

Only by the merest chance had she been absent from her parents’ home when the Citadel Guards came .

They lost the merest fraction of time before they recovered balance and turned to continue the chase.

He hesitated for the merest instant then drove his sword into Frey’s side.

What I did to you deliberately was the merest touch and was taken from sounds that you probably couldn’t even hear.

That which had been bestowed with the merest word could be as easily removed.