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sheer

  
1    abrupt, headlong     (archaic)   perpendicular, precipitous, steep  
2    absolute, arrant, complete, downright, out-and-out, pure, rank, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unmitigated, unqualified, utter  
3      (of fabrics)   diaphanous, fine, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, thin, transparent  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    gentle, gradual, horizontal, moderate, slanting, sloping  
3    coarse, heavy, impenetrable, opaque, thick  
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sheer

  
  ( sheerer    comparative)   ( sheerest    superlative  )
1       adj   You can use sheer to emphasize that a state or situation is complete and does not involve or is not mixed with anything else.  
ADJ n     (emphasis)    (=pure)  
His music is sheer delight..., Sheer chance quite often plays an important part in sparking off an idea.     
2       adj   A sheer cliff or drop is extremely steep or completely vertical.  
usu ADJ n  
There was a sheer drop just outside my window...     
3       adj   Sheer material is very thin, light, and delicate.  
...sheer black tights.     

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seer, shelter, sheep, sheen

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