Never

Nev"er

(nv"r), adv. [AS. nfre; ne not, no + fre ever.] 1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future. Shak.
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Death still draws nearer, never seeming near.
Pope.
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2. In no degree; not in the least; not.
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Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man's head, and yet see never the worse.
South.
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And he answered him to never a word.
Matt. xxvii. 14.
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Never is much used in composition with present participles to form adjectives, as in never-ceasing, never-dying, never-ending, never-fading, never-failing, etc., retaining its usual signification.
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Never a deal, not a bit. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Never so, as never before; more than at any other time, or in any other circumstances; especially; particularly; -- now often expressed or replaced by ever so.

Ask me never so much dower and gift.
Gen. xxxiv. 12.

A fear of battery, . . . though never so well grounded, is no duress.
Blackstone.
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