Definition of mear
1. mere [ a ] being nothing more than specified
Examples: "a mere child"
(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
Because he interprets the primitive state of man as one of mere potentiality or capacity and believes that Adam and Eve were created as children , Irenaeus often seems inclined to extenuate their disobedience as being `` due , no_doubt , to carelessness , but still wicked '' .
(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Theirs is no mere lack of sympathy , but something closer to the passionate hatred that was directed against Fascism .
(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
The argument against this last approach is comparable_to that which rejects stories about hoop_snakes , about snakes that break themselves into many pieces and join up again , or even of ghosts that chase people out of graveyards ; the mere piling_up of testimony does not prove , to the scientific mind , the existence of hoop_snakes , joint_snakes , or ghosts .
(Richard F. McLaughlin, et al., "A study of the...)
The diameter of this bronchial_artery was much too large for it to be a mere vasa_vasorum ( figs. 16 , 23 , 24 ) .
Certainly , the mere fact of failing to demonstrate them in one or another species does not conclusively deny their existence in that species .Synonyms mere Related Terms specified
2. mere [ a ] apart from anything else; without additions or modifications
Examples: "only the bare facts" "shocked by the mere idea" "the simple passage of time was enough" "the simple truth"
(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)
Certainly external forces should not be applied arbitrarily out of mere power available to do so .
(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)
The mere fact that the tall figure with the rifle and field_glasses had been seen riding that way was enough to frighten three rustling homesteaders out of the Upper_Laramie country in a single week .Synonyms mere simple bare Related Terms plain
3. mere [ n ] (British) a small pond of standing waterSynonyms mere Related Terms pond UK
Rhymes withmere meir smear emir amir premier premiere vermeer cashmere kashmir
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