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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Veriest . See Very.
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In literature:

It was patent to the veriest simpleton.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
She was so adorable; a woman in mentality, but the veriest girl as to the emotions his words had awakened.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Why, you must be the veriest simpleton to think I am unprepared.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
In his grasp, the veriest clod of earth assumed a soul.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
Such predictions had often been made by the ignorant, to be dismissed by scientists as the veriest nonsense.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
Here was the self-reliant Eve talking like the veriest weakling.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The mother and children were the veriest slaves.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Oh, if we could but begin by believing and acting upon some of the veriest common places!
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
A tyrant in his own household, he had, from his youth up, been the veriest slave to the world in which he moved.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
And here we are, groping like the veriest savage for a hole to hide in and something to eat.
"Liége on the Line of March" by Glenna Lindsley Bigelow
You talk like the veriest child!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Thus it is that a lovely white moth flits often in the veriest gray of dawn just to the eastward of where I lie.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Their thoughts and words were serious, for they well knew that where now all was peace, war in its veriest horror was soon to rage.
"The Battle of the Big Hole" by G. O. Shields
The liberty he fights for is often the rankest tyranny; the patriotism he defends, the veriest oppression.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
You may fancy your collar, because there is some gold upon it; but, trust me, it galls the neck as cursedly as the veriest brass.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Only the veriest handful of loyal subjects remained about his fallen throne.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
What he now did the veriest tyro could have performed.
"A Republic Without a President and Other Stories" by Herbert Ward
A striking instance was given him of the close attention paid by these guardians of order to the veriest trifles.
"The Life of Yakoob Beg" by Demetrius Boulger
He was careful to avoid all offensive remarks; yet the veriest commonplace from his lips was now an offence to the girl.
"Into the Primitive" by Robert Ames Bennet
I was the veriest slave alive.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall

In poetry:

Worth how well, those dark grey eyes,
That hair so dark and dear, how worth
That a man should strive and agonize,
And taste a veriest hell on earth
For the hope of such a prize!
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
With look, like patient Job's, eschewing evil;
With motions graceful, as a bird's in air;
Thou art, in sober truth, the veriest devil
That e'er clenched fingers in a captive's hair!
"Red Jacket" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
And I was aware of a girl
With a wild-rose face, who came
With a mouth like a shell's split pearl,
Rose-clad in a robe of flame;
And she plucked the roses and gave,
And my flesh was her veriest slave.
"Self And Soul" by Madison Julius Cawein
These earthly visions prove, alas! unstable;
And we are all too prone to clutch them fast,
Though false, aye, falser than the veriest fable,
To which a "thread of gossamer is cable—"
They cannot—cannot last!
"The Surviving Thought" by David James Scott
God and myself I have lost by my fall:
The veriest wretch that goes shivering by,
Will make a wide sweep lest I wander too night,
For all that is on or above me I know,
There is nothing so pure as the beautiful snow.
"Beautiful Snow" by Joseph Warren Watson
I have known too well, God help me! to what depths a man can sink,
Sacrificing wife and children, fame and honour, all for drink.
Deeper, deeper sink the women, for the veriest drunken clown
Has his feet upon the shoulders of the women of the town.
"The Women of the Town" by Henry Lawson