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Understated ImpactPlay
Use 'mere' to make something seem less important or smaller than it is, often to highlight contrast. SlideDespite our efforts, we made mere pennies.
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Irony or SarcasmPlay
'Mere' can be used ironically to imply something is important when labeled as 'mere'. SlideOh, it's a mere trifle that you won the championship!
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Emotional MinimizationPlay
'Mere' might minimize feelings or the seriousness of a situation in emotional contexts. SlideHe said it was a mere scratch, but it looked serious.