[attributive] Used to emphasize the degree to which a description applies to someone or something:‘everyone but the veriest greenhorn knows by now’
- ‘she tried to feel just a very small pinch, just the veriest dollop of compassion for the young man who was seated before the blazing fire.’
- ‘I regard it as the veriest trash.’
Early 16th century: superlative of very.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.