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sheer

[ sheer ]SEE DEFINITION OF sheer
  • adj.abrupt, steep
  • adj.utter, absolute
  • adj.see-through, thin

Synonyms for sheer

  • erect
  • precipitate
  • arduous
  • headlong
  • perpendicular
  • precipitous
  • sideling
  • upright
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Antonyms for sheer

  • heavy
  • impermeable
  • indefinite
  • moderate
  • slow
  • thick
  • uncertain
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHEER

To all the generations before our own matter was a sheer and positive density.

On them it is forced from without, by sheer pressure of circumstance.

Mary stood silent for a moment from sheer amazement over the change.

It was as if she found in sheer activity and fatigue a remedy for her uneasiness.

I laughed out of sheer inanity; every pulse in my body was throbbing.

And, indeed, for one word of relevance were a dozen of sheer chatter.

She's quite wild now with sheer joy because she's going to Egypt.

But the indignation turned to surprise, sheer incredulous amazement.

Then we lay on the grass and laughed with sheer bliss of being alive.

In the sheer youth of her (he realized) more than in aught else, lay her chiefest charm.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SHEER

absolute

adjectivewithout limit

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adjectiveabsolute, utter
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