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Definitions of merely

  1.   Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
  2.   Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
  3.   and nothing more; " 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"
  4.   Purely, simply: only: thus and no other way: solely.
  5.   Only; solely.
  6.   Only; thus and no other way; simply.
  7.   Simply; purely; only; not otherwise than.
  8.   Simply; solely.

Quotes of merely

  1. Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda. – Eric Alterman
  2. Faith is not a thing which one "loses," we merely cease to shape our lives by it. – Georges Bernanos
  3. If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage. – Frank Moore Colby
  4. Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists merely to cool the blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true only of certain persons. – Will Cuppy
  5. Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free. – Emma Goldman
  6. East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to Californians. Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. – O. Henry
  7. I am not making spiteful assertions now but merely stating the facts -that, for instance, among Hungarian generals there is such a considerable percentage of men of German origin, who of course had, in most cases, to alter their names if they wanted to get anywhere. – Heinrich Himmler
  8. Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves. – Eric Hoffer
  9. It seemed that rebellion must have an unassailable base, something guarded not merely from attack, but from the fear of it: such a base as we had in the Red Sea Parts, the desert, or in the minds of the men we converted to our creed. – T. E. Lawrence
  10. One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. – Golda Meir
  11. Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. – Helen Rowland
  12. Merely that I have a World Wide Web page does not give me any power, any abilities, nor any status in the real world. – Clifford Stoll
  13. Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. – Samuel Ullman
  14. The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. – Oprah Winfrey
  15. All observers not laboring under hallucinations of the senses are agreed, or can be made to agree, about facts of sensible experience, through evidence toward which the intellect is merely passive, and over which the individual will and character have no control. – Chauncey Wright

Usage examples for merely

  1. “ " Nor yet merely to see him! ” – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  2. “ I was merely asking. ” – The Cross-Cut by Courtney Ryley Cooper
  3. “ " I come, madame, merely as a stand- between. ” – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  4. She merely looked up at him as she went past. ” – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  5. Not that he wanted to ask his wife any questions: he merely wished to read her face. ” – The Goose Man by Jacob Wassermann
  6. It merely means that the lady is not at home to company. ” – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  7. It surely cannot be merely that you are new here. ” – City of Endless Night by Milo Hastings
  8. But he might have said that merely as a blind. ” – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  9. But the professor was in no mood to do what was merely wise. ” – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  10. We merely hoped you might find a lead or two for us to work on. ” – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  11. Now she was able to look at the evening as a whole, with herself merely a part of the whole. ” – Missy by Dana Gatlin
  12. “ " Here is your train coming in, sir," he merely said. ” – Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah
  13. “ I merely thought that if you knew the truth, you might help him. ” – The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  14. The work of his life is merely play. ” – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
  15. It was merely that I happen to know some one in New York who had mentioned you- and done it in a way to make me think you were not- very old. ” – Captivating Mary Carstairs by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  16. We'll merely say that he was taken ill. ” – The Twilight of the Souls by Louis Couperus
  17. But he kept his thought to himself, and merely replied, as he took his hat: Probably you will desert me; you will find out how useless I am. ” – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  18. Miss Wangle merely stared. ” – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
  19. “ I need merely look at you. ” – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  20. It was merely that Solomon hadn't looked in the right place. ” – The Tale of Solomon Owl by Arthur Scott Bailey