veriest

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈvɛɹ.i.ɪst/, /ˈvɛɹ.i.əst/

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veriest

  1. superlative form of very: most very; truest, most
    • 1851 October 18, Herman Melville, chapter 52, in The Whale, 1st British edition, London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 14262177; Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, 14 November 1851, OCLC 57395299:
      Though in the course of his continual voyagings Ahab must often before have noticed a similar sight, yet, to any monomaniac man, the veriest trifles capriciously carry meanings.
    • 1902, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Section III
      If it had come to crawling before Mr. Kurtz, he crawled as much as the veriest savage of them all.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.81:
      He wheeled away down the narrow sandy street like the veriest derelict.

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