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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Utterly preposterous as his cravat was, and as his collars were, I was conscious of a sort of dignity in the look.
  • His sufferings were hailed with the greatest joy by a knot of spectators, and I felt utterly confounded.

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  • I forget in detail what they were, but I have a general recollection that he was to begin with reviving the Drama, and to end with crushing it; inasmuch as his decease would leave it utterly bereft and without a chance or hope.
  • Where I might go, what I might do, or when I might return, were questions utterly unknown to me; nor did I vex my mind with them, for it was wholly set on Provis’s safety.
  • Of the manner and extent to which he took our trumps into custody, and came out with mean little cards at the ends of hands, before which the glory of our Kings and Queens was utterly abased, I say nothing; nor, of the feeling that I had, respecting his looking upon us personally in the light of three very obvious and poor riddles that he had found out long ago.

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  • She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
  • The company is in danger of utter collapse.

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  • Mr. Pumblechook and Mrs. Joe stared at one another again, in utter amazement.
  • I have never been absolutely certain whether I uttered a shrill yell of terror, merely in spirit, or in the bodily hearing of the company.

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  • She uttered the word with an eager look, and with strong emphasis, and with a weird smile that had a kind of boast in it.
  • Mr. Pocket uttered a dismal groan.
  • It is blind devotion, unquestioning self-humiliation, utter submission, trust and belief against yourself and against the whole world, giving up your whole heart and soul to the smiter—as I did!
  • The resolution I had made did not desert me, for, without uttering one vain word of appeal to him, I shouted out with all my might, and struggled with all my might.
  • "It is quite true," she replied, referring to him with the indifference of utter contempt.
  • Then, it faltered, as if much surprised, and uttered my name, and I cried out,— "Estella!"
  • There was an air or utter loneliness upon her, that would have moved me to pity though she had wilfully done me a deeper injury than I could charge her with.
  • Choking and boiling as I was, I felt that we could not go a word further, without introducing Estella’s name, which I could not endure to hear him utter; and therefore I looked stonily at the opposite wall, as if there were no one present, and forced myself to silence.

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  • So I changed my excuse into an acceptance,—the few words I had uttered, serving for the beginning of either,—and we went along Cheapside and slanted off to Little Britain, while the lights were springing up brilliantly in the shop windows, and the street lamp-lighters, scarcely finding ground enough to plant their ladders on in the midst of the afternoon’s bustle, were skipping up and down and running in and out, opening more red eyes in the gathering fog than my rushlight tower at the…

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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
as in: utter a complaint Define
say something aloud
as in: utter a sound Define
make a sound with the voice
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