merely (adv.) Old form(s): Meerely , meerly
completely, totally, entirely
AC III.vii.47[Enobarbus to Antony] you ... / Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard
AC III.vii.8[Enobarbus to himself] If we should serve with horse and mares together, / The horse were merely lost
AC III.xiii.62.1[Cleopatra to Thidias] Mine honour was not yielded, / But conquered merely
AW IV.iii.20[Second Lord to First Lord, responding to ‘what things are we!’] Merely our own traitors
AYL III.ii.383[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando] Love is merely a madness
AYL III.ii.402[Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando] to live in a nook merely monastic
Cor III.i.303[Brutus to Sicinius, responding to the latter's ‘This is clean kam’] Merely awry
Ham I.ii.137[Hamlet alone, of the world] Things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely
Ham II.ii.257[Guildenstern to Hamlet] the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream
JC I.ii.39[Brutus to Cassius] if I have veiled my look, / I turn the trouble of my countenance / Merely upon myself
LC.316[of the man] Thus merely with the garment of a grace, / The naked and concealed fiend he covered
MA II.iii.213[Don Pedro aside to Leonato, of Beatrice meeting Benedick] that's the scene that I would see, which will be merely a dumb-show
MM III.i.11[disguised Duke to Claudio] Merely, thou art death's fool
MM V.i.451.1[Duke to Mariana] Thoughts are no subjects, / Intents but merely thoughts. Mariana: Merely, my lord
MV IV.i.336[Portia as Balthasar to all, of Shylock] He shall have merely justice and his bond
R2 II.i.243[Northumberland to Ross, of King Richard's flatterers] they will inform / Merely in hate 'gainst any of us all
Tem I.i.54[Antonio to all] We are merely cheated of our lives by drunkards

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