adverb and nothing more
but; simply; only; just.
- I was merely asking
- it is simply a matter of time
- just a scratch
- he was only a child
- hopes that last but a moment
- Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
Ulysses was to force forth his access,
Though merely naked.
- Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
Prize not your life for other ends
Than merely to obige your friends.
Syn. -- Solely; simply; purely; barely; scarcely.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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