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mace
Machiavel
machination
machine
maculate
maculation
mad
madam
mad-bred
madcap
madded
madding
made
madonna
madrigal
maggot-pie
magic
magistrate
magnanimious
magnanimity
magnanimous
magni
magnificent
magnifico
maid
maiden
maidenhead
maidhood
maid-pale
mail
mailed
maim
maimed
main
main a
main-course
mainly
mainport
mainsail
maintain
main-top
majestical
major
majority
make
makeless
make-peace
making
malady of France
malapert
malcontent
male
malediction
malefaction
malice
malicious
maliciously
malign
malignancy
malkin
mallard
mallecho
mallow
malmsey
malmsey-nose
malthorse
maltworm
mammer
mammet
mammock
man
man at arms
man of wax
manage
manager
mandate
mandragora
mandrake
man-entered
mangle
manhood
manifest
manifested
manifoldly
manikin
mankind
manly
manner
mannerly
mannish
man-of-arms
manor
man-queller
mansion
mansionry
mantle
mantled
manu
many
many a day, for this
map
mappery
mar
marble
marbled
marcantant
march
March-chick
marchpane
mare
margent
mark
mark a
mark b
market
market-man
marking
markman
marl
marmoset
married
marring
marrow
marry
marshal
mart
martial
martialist
martlemas
martlet
martyr
martyred
marvel
marvellous
Mary-bud
masculine
mash
mask
masoned
masonry
masque
masquing
mass
massy
mast
master
master-cord
masterdom
masterless
masterly
mastership
mastic
match
mate
mate and make
mated
material
matin
matron
matter
mattock
mature
maugre
maund
maw
may
maying
maze
mazed
mazzard
me
me pompae
meacock
mead
meagre
meal
mealy
mean
mean a
mean-apparelled
mean-born
meander
meaner
meanest
meaning
meanly
measles
measurable
measure
measuring
meat
mechanic
mechanical
medal
meddle
meddling
medice
medicinable
medicine
medicine a
medicine potable
meditance
meditate
meditation
medlar
meed
meet
meetly
meetness
meiny
melancholy
mell
mellowed
melting
member
memento
memorial
memorize
memory
mend
mended
merchandise
merchant
merchant-marring
mercy
mere
mered
merely
meridian
merit
mermaid
merry
mervailous
mess
message, of
messenger
met
metal
metal of India
metamorphose
metamorphosed
metaphysical
mete
meteor
mete-yard
metheglin
methinks
method
methought
metre
mettle
mew
mewl
micher
miching
mickle
microcosm
middle earth
mid-season
mighty
milch
milch-kine
militarist
milk-livered
milk-pap
milky
millioned
mill-sixpence
mimic
mince
minced
mincing
mind
minded
mine
mineral
mingle
minikin
minimus
minion
minister
minnow
minority
minstrel
minstrelsy
minute
minute-jack
minutely
mirable
miracle
mire
mirror
mirth
misadventure
misadventured
Misanthropos
misbecome
misbecomingly
misbegot
misbegotten
miscall
miscarry
mischance
mischief
mischievous
misconster
misconstruction
miscreant
miscreate
misdemean
misdo
misdoubt
misdread
miser
misery
misgive
misgoverned
misgovernment
misgraffed
mishap
mishaved
mislike
misordered
misplace
misprised
misprision
misprize
misprizing
misproud
misreport
miss
missed
misshapen
mis-sheathe
missing
missingly
missive
misspeak
mist
mistake
mistempered
mistful
misthink
misthought
mistreading
mistrust
mistrustful
misuse
mitigate
mitigation
mo
moan
mobled
mock
mocked, well
mockery
mocking
model
modern
modest
modestly
modesty
modicum
module
moe
moiety
moist
moist star
moldwarp
mole
molest
molestation
mollification
mollis
mome
moment
momentany
monarchize
monarcho
monopoly
monsieur
monster
monstrous
monstruosity
montant
monument
monumental
mood
moody
moody-mad
moon, below the
mooncalf
moonish
moonshine
mop
mope
moped
moping
mopping
moral
moralise
moraller
more
more a
more-having
moreover
morisco
morn
morn-dew
morris
morris, nine men's
morris-pike
morrow
morsel
mort
mortal
mortality
mortally
mortal-staring
mortar-piece
mortgage
mortified
mortifying
mortise
mose in the chine
most
mot
mote
mother
mother-wit
motion
motive
motley
motley-minded
mould
moulten
mount
mountain
mountaineer
mountain-foot
mountain-squire
mountant
mountanto
mountebank
mounted
mounting
mournful
mourningly
mouse
mouse-hunt
mouth
mouthed
mouth-friend
mouth-honour
movable
move
moveable
moved
mover
moving
mow
mowing
moy
much
mud
muddied
muddy
muddy-mettled
muffle
muffled
muleteer
mulled
multiplied
multipotent
multitude
multitudinous
mum
mumble
mumble-news
mummer
mummy
mundane
muniment
mural
murder
murdering-piece
mure
murmur
murrain
murrion
murther
muscadel
muse
muset
mushrump
music
musit
musk-cat
muss
mussel-shell
mustachio
muster
muster-file
mutability
mutation
mute
mutine
mutiny
mutton
mutual
mutuality
mutually
mynheer
mystery
mere (adj.) 1complete, total, absolute, utter
mere (adj.) 2sole, personal, particular
mere (adv.) 1totally, absolutely
mere (adv.) 2exclusively, purely, solely
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AC III.xiii.43 [Enobarbus to himself] The loyalty well held to fools does make / Our faith mere folly
AYL II.i.61 [First Lord to Duke Senior, of Jaques] swearing that we / Are mere usurpers
AYL II.vii.166 [Jaques to all] last Scene of all, ... / Is second childishness, and mere oblivion
AYL II.vii.182 [Amiens singing] Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly
CE V.i.239 [Antipholus of Ephesus to Duke, of Pinch] A mere anatomy, a mountebank
Cor IV.v.85 [Coriolanus to Aufidius] in mere spite, / To be full quit of those my banishers, / Stand I before thee here
Cym IV.ii.93 [Cloten to Guiderius] to thy mere confusion, thou shalt know I am son to th'queen
Ham IV.v.87 [Claudius to Gertrude, of Ophelia] Divided from herself and her fair judgement, / Without the which we are pictures or mere beasts
Ham V.i.280 [Gertrude to all] This is mere madness
1H4 IV.i.64 [Worcester to Hotspur] It will be thought ... / That wisdom, loyalty, and mere dislike / Of our proceedings kept the Earl from hence
1H4 V.i.140 [Falstaff alone] Honour is a mere scutcheon [or: modern sense]
2H4 IV.i.138 [Westmorland to the rebel leaders, of what he has been saying] this is mere digression from my purpose
1H6 IV.vii.54 [Lucy to Charles] Submission, Dauphin? 'Tis a mere French word
1H6 V.iv.125 [Winchester to the French] in regard King Henry gives consent, / Of mere compassion and of lenity, / To ease your country of distressful war
2H6 III.ii.250 [Salisbury to all, of the Commons wanting Suffolk banished] mere instinct of love and loyalty ... / Makes them thus forward in his banishment
H8 III.i.112 [Wolsey to Queen Katherine, of her response] Madam, this is a mere distraction
H8 III.ii.324 [Suffolk to Wolsey] out of mere ambition you have caused / Your holy hat to be stamped on the King's coin
H8 III.ii.329 [Surrey to Wolsey] you have sent innumerable substance ... / To furnish Rome, and to prepare the ways / You have for dignities, to the mere undoing / Of all the kingdom
H8 IV.i.59 [Third Gentleman to First and Second Gentlemen, of the crowds] I am stifled / With the mere rankness of their joy
JC I.ii.234 [Casca to Brutus and Cassius, of how Caesar was offered the crown] it was mere foolery
KL II.iv.85 [Lear to Gloucester, of Regan's excuses] Mere fetches
LLL I.i.146 [King to Berowne, of the Princess] She must lie here on mere necessity
LLL I.ii.33 [Mote to himself, of Armado] He speaks the mere contrary
Mac II.iii.92 [Macbeth to all] The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees / Is left this vault to brag of
Mac IV.iii.151 [Malcolm to Macduff, of the English king] All swollen and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye, / The mere despair of surgery, he cures
MM III.i.30 [disguised Duke to Claudio] thine own bowels ... / The mere effusion of thy proper loins
MV III.ii.262 [Bassanio to Portia] I have ... / Engaged my friend to his mere enemy
MW IV.v.59 [Bardolph to Host] Out, alas, sir, cozenage, mere cozenage!
Oth I.i.26 [Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] Mere prattle, without practice / Is all his soldiership
Oth I.iii.383 [Iago alone, of his suspicion about Othello] I know not if't be true / But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, / Will do as if for surety
Oth II.i.232 [Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] no further conscionable than in putting on the mere form of civil and humane seeming
Oth II.ii.3 [Herald to all] the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet
TC I.iii.111 [Ulysses to all] Each thing meets / In mere oppugnancy
TC I.iii.287 [Agamemnon to all] may that soldier a mere recreant prove / That means not, hath not, or is not in love
TC IV.iv.103 [Troilus to Cressida] I with great truth catch mere simplicity
Tim I.i.170 [Timon to Jeweller, of the value of a jewel] A mere satiety of commendations
Tim IV.iii.232 [Apemantus to Timon, of creatures] whose bare unhoused trunks, / To the conflicting elements exposed, / Answer mere nature [i.e. as it really is]
Tim IV.iii.378 [Timon to Apemantus] I am sick of this false world, and will love naught / But even the mere necessities upon't [i.e. the absolute requirements]
Tim IV.iii.402 [First Bandit to other Bandits] The mere want of gold
Tim V.iv.14 [First Senator to Timon] When thy first griefs were but a mere conceit
TN II.i.9 [Sebastian to Antonio] my determinate voyage is mere extravagancy
TNK I.ii.42 [Arcite to Palamon] here were to be strangers, and / Such things to be, mere monsters
TNK II.i.112 [Arcite to Palamon] I see two comforts rising, two mere blessings, / If the gods please
TNK IV.ii.26 [Emilia alone, of Arcite] Palamon / Is but his foil; to him, a mere dull shadow
TNK IV.ii.44 [Emilia alone, of Palamon] Lie there, Arcite; / Thou art a changeling to him, a mere gypsy
TNK IV.ii.52 [Emilia alone] What a mere child is fancy
WT II.iii.2 [Leontes alone] It is but weakness / To bear the matter thus, mere weakness
WT III.ii.139 [Leontes to all] There is no truth at all i'th' oracle! / The sessions shall proceed: this is mere falsehood
WT III.ii.142 [Servant to Leontes] The Prince your son, with mere conceit and fear / Of the Queen's speed, is gone