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scarce (not comparable)
- (now literary, archaic) Scarcely, only just.
- With a scarce well-lighted flame.
- 1854, Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven:
- And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure that I heard you [...].
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4:
- Yet had I scarce set foot in the passage when I stopped, remembering how once already this same evening I had played the coward, and run home scared with my own fears.
- 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 122:
- Upon the barred and slitted wall the splotched shadow of the heaven tree shuddered and pulsed monstrously in scarce any wind.