merely (adv.) Old form(s): Meerely
purely, for no other reason than
Cym V.iii.11[Posthumus to Lord, of the British soldiers] some falling / Merely through fear
H8 II.i.162[First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of Wolsey's action] And merely to revenge him on the Emperor
R2 II.i.243[Northumberland to Ross and Willoughby, of the King's flatterers] they will inform / Merely in hate 'gainst any of us all
TC II.ii.147[Paris to Priam, of keeping Helen] I propose not merely to myself / The pleasures such a beauty brings with it
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