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Synonyms for merely
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. merely

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    Synonyms:
    and, barely, besides, but, except, further, however, just, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, only, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, butadverb

    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"

    Synonyms:
    solely, plainly, hardly, alone, barely, exclusively, only if, but, only, entirely, just, scarce, just now, simply, precisely, only when, exactly, scarcely

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. merelyadjective

    Synonyms:
    simply, purely, only, solely, barely

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. merelyadjective

    Synonyms:
    purely, absolutely, simply, barely, only

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "merely":

    simply, only, just, purely, solely, simple, alone, exclusively

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How to use merely in a sentence?

  1. Justin Amash:

    The brutal killing of George Floyd is merely the latest in a long line of incidents of egregious police misconduct, this pattern continues because police are legally, politically and culturally insulated ... That must change so that these incidents stop happening.

  2. John McCain:

    The President task is to reverse The President disturbing tendency to show America's adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies. The President must show that The President can be strong and tough with Vladimir Putin -- not for The President task own sake, but to demonstrate The President willingness to defend America, its allies, our shared interests, and our common values against those who threaten them, putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor. Putin is America's enemy -- not because we wish it so, but because he has chosen to be.

  3. Rabindranath Tagore:

    You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Don't let yourself indulge in vain wishes.

  4. Author Unknown:

    Conversation is an exercise of the mind; gossip is merely an exercise of the tongue.

  5. Maurice Masterlinck:

    All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing.


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