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English definition of “merest”

merest

adjective     /ˈmɪə.rɪst/ US  /ˈmɪr.ɪst/
the merest C2 used to emphasize the surprising or strong effect of a very small action or event : The merest mention of seafood makes her feel sick . The merest hint of criticism makes him defensive .Merely and barelyAlmost
(Definition of merest adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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