Merely in a sentence

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Definition of Merely

  • Purely; unmixedly; absolutely.
  • Not otherwise than; simply; barely; only.
  • and nothing more

How to use merely in a sentence. Merely pronunciation.

We cut down three trees apiece, and found it such heart-breaking work that we decided to "rest our case" on those; if they held the property, well and good; if they didn't, let the property spill out through the gaps and go; it was no use to work ourselves to death merely to save a few acres of land.
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Down through the transparency of these great depths, the water was not merely transparent, but dazzlingly, brilliantly so.
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I suppose people of that sort quarrel and abuse each other merely to pass the time.
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At parting, he merely shook hands with her, as always.
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When all danger was at an end, one of the servants, the nurse-girl, uttered a sudden shriek; it merely signified that she had now thought for the first time of the little child asleep upstairs.
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They learned that Louise was not dangerously injured; her recovery would be merely a matter of time and care.
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When he introduces German, French, English, and Italian characters into his books, he not only understands these people, he can think in their languages, and thus reproduce faithfully their characteristics not merely by observation but by sympathetic intuition.
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For us Life is something merely tiresome, dull,-a kind of heavy burden.
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In "Revizor," at the last dumb scene, after all the mirth, the real trouble is about to begin; and the spectators depart, not merely with the delightful memory of an evening's entertainment, but with their imagination aflame.
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Perhaps she merely stimulated his literary activity, and kept him at his desk; for, like all authors except Anthony Trollope, he hated regular work.
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He not only has not the slightest understanding of the new positive philosophy, but even of the old ideal systems his knowledge is merely superficial and puerile.
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For the greatness of this book lies not in the use of the word Nihilist, nor in the reproduction of ephemeral political movements; its greatness consists in the fact that it faithfully portrays not merely the Russian character, nor the nineteenth century, but the very depths of the human heart as it has manifested itself in all ages and among all nations.
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Panshin, for example, is a familiar type in any Continental city; he is merely the representative of the young society man.
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Some of the inmates are merely abnormal; others are downright mad.
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He shows no bitterness, no spirit of revenge, toward the government that sent him into penal servitude; he merely describes what happened there.
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Whether these dreams were interjected to deceive the reader, or merely to indulge the novelist's whimsical fancy, is hard to divine; but one always wakes with surprise to find that it is all a dream.
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If one really doubted the genius of Dostoevski, one would merely need to contemplate the men in this extraordinary story, and listen to their talk.
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The long novel, "Resurrection," is, as Mr. Maude, the English translator, shows, not merely a story, but a general summary of all the final conclusions about life reached by its author.
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Altogether the best passage in the story is the description of the river in spring, impressive not merely for its beauty and accuracy of language, but because the Volga is interpreted as a symbol of the spirit of the Russian people, with vast but unawakened possibilities.
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This sketch is valuable not merely because of the impression of a distinguished foreign writer of one of the sights of America, but because it raises in our minds an obstinate doubt of his capacity to tell the truth about life in general.
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Examples of Merely

Example #1
Next day we came back to build a house-for a house was also necessary, in order to hold the property.
Example #2
That is to say, it was necessary to cut down trees here and there and make them fall in such a way as to form a sort of enclosure (with pretty wide gaps in it).
Example #3
All objects seen through it had a bright, strong vividness, not only of outline, but of every minute detail, which they would not have had when seen simply through the same depth of atmosphere.
Example #4
But the boat would float on, and the boulder descend again, and then we could see that when we had been exactly above it, it must still have been twenty or thirty feet below the surface.
Example #5
They seem to be just one degree above the roughs who come to blows and get into the police court.
Example #6
His words, 'You have neither heart nor brains,' seemed to indicate anything but a coarse mind.