And nothing else or more; only: merely a flesh wound. (adverb)
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Use "merely" in a sentence
"The husband and father fell dead in the street before our eyes, -- and those who picked him up said he was drunk, but it turned out that he was merely starved, -- _merely_!"
"Externals, things wholly extraneous of the man, steal upon the hearts and judgments of almost, if not altogether, all mankind; nor do I know more than one instance of a man who fully regards all the world as a stage and all the men and women merely players, and who (the dancing-school bow excepted) only values these players, the _dramatis personæ_ who build cities and who rear hedges, who govern provinces or superintend flocks, _merely as they act their parts_."
"My suspicion is that the label merely wanted an album that large numbers of people might like, and they did not think such a desire precluded the band from making an album that was valid."