Definitions

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  • adv. Purely; utterly
  • adv. at once

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At once; absolutely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Absolutely; thoroughly; quite.

Etymologies

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sheer +‎ -ly

Examples

  • As Saussure showed, there is no such thing as a letter in sheerly phenomenal terms — as an unmediated presence-to-self of a perception.

    Professing Literature: John Guillory's Misreading of Paul de Man

  • It is one of Altman's most sheerly enjoyable movies.

    A cynical satirical thriller with a heart

  • Do they really think that they can manage the way their customers choose to enjoy their product, sheerly by force of will?

    Comic Business LinkBlogging » Comics Worth Reading

  • I have also met fans who consider Dragoncon and Comic Con to be sheerly commercial and resent them on that alone.

    MIND MELD: What Can Worldcon and Comic-Con Learn From Each Other?

  • But I am pretty brand loyal to the things that I have come to prefer, while in other cases, it's sheerly about price.

    Ads Value?

  • But so sheerly non - alcoholic was I that it never entered my mind that a drink might be good for me.

    Chapter 20

  • It was merely and sheerly a blackness that towered higher and higher until it overhung us, while it spread to right and left, blotting out half the sea.

    CHAPTER XXVIII

  • (Chalmers and Hubbard make exit to right.) (Margaret puts her arm impulsively around Connie — a sheerly spontaneous act of affection — kisses her, and at same time evinces preparation to leave.)

    THEFT

  • Withal, she was sheerly feminine, tender and soft and clinging, with the smouldering passion of the mate and the motherliness of the woman.

    Chapter 2

  • That most exact and convincing of all sciences, mathematics, is sheerly metaphysical.

    Chapter 1: My Eagle

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