Deeper Dive: never

never never [AS. nǣfre; ne not, no + ǣfre ever.]

1. Not ever; not at any time; at no time, whether past, present, or future. Shak.
Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. Pope.
2. In no degree; not in the least; not.
Whosoever has a friend to guide him, may carry his eyes in another man’s head, and yet see never the worse. South.

And he answered him to never a word. Matt. xxvii. 14.
☞ 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.

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.

-- Webster's unabridged 1913

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