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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.4 / 5 votes

  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 WordNet4.0 / 2 votes

  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 Synonymes1.0 / 1 vote

  1. merelyadjective

    Synonyms:
    simply, purely, only, solely, barely

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.0 / 2 votes

  1. merelyadjective

    Synonyms:
    purely, absolutely, simply, barely, only

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "merely":

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

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#109just
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#400save
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#4569entirely
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#6932nevertheless
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#11238notwithstanding
#15473tho
#15777scarce
#21962scarcely
#22432plainly

How to use merely in a sentence?

  1. Author Unknown:

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

  2. Senator Kagan:

    Many butt-slappers and thigh-strokers fancy that they are merely flirting and flattering.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    And I don’t accept the premise that this has anything to do with the conduct of any of the Democratic members. This is merely the weakness of Kevin McCarthy’s speakership, that he’s so reliant on these extreme members.

  4. Anthony Blinken:

    Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability, that’s why they’re not merely internal mattersand why we feel an obligation to raise these issues here today.

  5. Ullas Karanth:

    The report is merely a compilation of putative ‘tiger numbers for large areas’ put out by officials of various countries.


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