- utmost; most complete: the veriest stupidity.
- superlative of very.
Origin of veriest
- in a high degree; extremely; exceedingly: A giant is very tall.
- (used as an intensive emphasizing superlatives or stressing identity or oppositeness): the very best thing; in the very same place as before.
- precise; particular: That is the very item we want.
- mere: The very thought of it is distressing.
- sheer; utter: He wept from the very joy of knowing he was safe.
- actual: He was caught in the very act of stealing.
- being such in the true or fullest sense of the term; extreme: the very heart of the matter.
- true; genuine; worthy of being called such: the very God; a very fool.
- rightful or legitimate.
Origin of very
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Examples from the Web for veriest
All this must have seemed the veriest irony when addressed to an outcast Jew.The Man Shakespeare
Nothing was left of the wildebeeste save the head and the veriest offal.The Leopard Woman
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Your marriage to her can only be considered as the veriest mockery.Cleo The Magnificent
For love will convert the veriest coward into an inspired hero.Symposium
The veriest muck-worm in the market-place spat out at sight of him.The Scapegoat
- archaic (intensifier)the veriest coward
- (intensifier) used to add emphasis to adjectives that are able to be gradedvery good; very tall
- (intensifier) used with nouns preceded by a definite article or possessive determiner, in order to give emphasis to the significance, appropriateness or relevance of a noun in a particular context, or to give exaggerated intensity to certain nounsthe very man I want to see; his very name struck terror; the very back of the room
- (intensifier) used in metaphors to emphasize the applicability of the image to the situation describedhe was a very lion in the fight
- real or true; genuinethe very living God
- lawfulthe very vengeance of the gods
Word Origin and History for veriest
mid-13c., verray "true, real, genuine," later "actual, sheer" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French verrai, Old French verai "true," from Vulgar Latin *veracus, from Latin verax (genitive veracis) "truthful," from verus "true," from PIE *weros- (cf. Old English wær "a compact," Old Dutch, Old High German war, Dutch waar, German wahr "true;" Welsh gwyr, Old Irish fir "true;" Old Church Slavonic vera "faith"). Meaning "greatly, extremely" is first recorded mid-15c. Used as a pure intensive since Middle English.