One thing that has connected the collections this season, however, is the sheer beauty and craftsmanship of the clothing.
That sadness, and the sheer level of pain I was in almost paralyzed me, leaving me unable to take care of my home or my children.
It would be sheer folly to think that Washington could gain control over these events or even exercise decisive influence.
The riots had been treated as “a public order issue” rather than as sheer criminality.
The sheer magnitude of our online environment contributes, too.
To suppose that the weak must prevail because it was weak was sheer sentimentality.
"That will come next," said the boy, with a happy laugh of sheer jubilation.
It seemed now inevitable that sheer force must decide between them.
If he had been a woman he would have wept from sheer misery and agitation.
It was only sheer shame which hindered the ladies from turning back from the threshold.
c.1200, "exempt, free from guilt" (e.g. Sheer Thursday, the Thursday of Holy Week); later schiere "thin, sparse" (c.1400), from Old English scir "bright, clear, gleaming; translucent; pure, unmixed," and influenced by Old Norse cognate scær "bright, clean, pure," both from Proto-Germanic *skeran- (cf. Old Saxon skiri, Old Frisian skire, German schier, Gothic skeirs "clean, pure"), from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear (v.)).
Sense of "absolute, utter" (sheer nonsense) developed 1580s, probably from the notion of "unmixed;" that of "very steep" (a sheer cliff) is first recorded 1800, probably from notion of "continued without halting." Meaning "diaphanous" is from 1560s. As an adverb from c.1600.
1620s, "deviate from course" (of a ship), of obscure origin, perhaps from Dutch scheren "to move aside, withdraw, depart," originally "to separate" (see shear (v.)). Related: Sheered; shearing. As a noun from 1660s.