Gradually we realize that her lives are not merely serial but sometimes simultaneous.
Banks did not merely lend predatorily—they pushed, scooped up, repackaged, and resold loans to a frenzied degree.
For all the power to be found in defining oneself visually, Ann Romney is merely amplified cacophony.
The fact is that to respond ‘proportionally’ in warfare is merely to ensure the continuance of the conflict.
Obama is merely a new face and new voice among Russians, but they are barely listening.
Phil could not seem to hurt them; he merely knocked them away.
He lit a bedside candle which merely troubled his friends' sleep.
In part this antagonism of classes is merely the result of difference in manners.
Surely this had not been brought about merely by the chief's imprisonment?
He was not merely a big snake, I thought—he was a circus monstrosity.