Graded and ungraded adjectives
The 'absolute' and 'mere' group
These adjectives are used before nouns to emphasize the quality of something. We include here own, which is used to emphasize ownership. (See also meaning group 4.8 above.)
absolute awful complete dead mere outright own perfect positive pure rare raw sheer simple single strict supreme terrible total utter very
It's absolute nonsense to say we aren't happy with the deal.
The mere thought of Laura cast shadows over the otherwise brilliantly sunny day.
The sheer volume of stuff they have to read, let alone take in and understand, is amazing.
The redundancy of skilled and experienced workers is a terrible waste and a clear sign of an unhealthy economy.