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utter
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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as in: utter a sound Define
make a sound with the voice
  • Julia uttered a tiny sound, a sort of squeak of surprise.
  • The stuff that was coming out of him consisted of words, but it was not speech in the true sense: it was a noise uttered in unconsciousness, like the quacking of a duck.

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  • With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day’s work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles.

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  • She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
  • She wanted to complain, but she was so shocked she could not utter even a single sound.

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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • He had the feeling of sitting in utter loneliness.
  • But to trace out the history of the whole period, to say who was fighting whom at any given moment, would have been utterly impossible, since no written record, and no spoken word, ever made mention of any other alignment than the existing one.

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  • Their sad, Mongolian faces gazed out over the sides of the trucks utterly incurious.
  • He had pulled her down on to the ground, she was utterly unresisting, he could do what he liked with her.
  • Do you realize how utterly alone we shall be?
  • We shall be utterly without power of any kind.
  • It seemed to him that he knew exactly what it felt like to sit in a room like this, in an arm-chair beside an open fire with your feet in the fender and a kettle on the hob; utterly alone, utterly secure, with nobody watching you, no voice pursuing you, no sound except the singing of the kettle and the friendly ticking of the clock.
  • It seemed to him that he knew exactly what it felt like to sit in a room like this, in an arm-chair beside an open fire with your feet in the fender and a kettle on the hob; utterly alone, utterly secure, with nobody watching you, no voice pursuing you, no sound except the singing of the kettle and the friendly ticking of the clock.
  • But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal.
  • Always we shall have the heretic here at our mercy, screaming with pain, broken up, contemptible — and in the end utterly penitent, saved from himself, crawling to our feet of his own accord.

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  • ’You are thinking,’ he said, ’that since we intend to destroy you utterly, so that nothing that you say or do can make the smallest difference — in that case, why do we go to the trouble of interrogating you first?’
  • Fragments of triumphant phrases pushed themselves through the din: ’Vast strategic manoeuvre — perfect co-ordination — utter rout — half a million prisoners — complete demoralization — control of the whole of Africa — bring the war within measurable distance of its end victory — greatest victory in human history — victory, victory, victory!’

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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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as in: utter a complaint Define
say something aloud
  • It was apparent that she was uttering a prayer.
  • He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.

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  • But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken.
  • It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken.
  • From time to time Winston caught some such remark as ’I think you’re so right, I do so agree with you’, uttered in a youthful and rather silly feminine voice.
  • There did not seem to be any further question that he wanted to ask: still less did he feel any impulse to utter high-sounding generalities.
  • A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it.
  • He sank his voice, like someone who is obliged for medical reasons to utter an obscenity.
  • He had got to ask it, and yet it was as though his tongue would not utter it.
  • It was of course possible to utter heresies of a very crude kind, a species of blasphemy.

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  • He became simply a mouth that uttered, a hand that signed, whatever was demanded of him.
  • All the confessions that are uttered here are true.
  • O’Brien checked his step as though Winston had uttered the thought aloud.
  • And then suddenly, without a word uttered, without a check in his step, without the changing of a line in his face — suddenly the camouflage would be down and bang!
  • Comintern is a word that can be uttered almost without taking thought, whereas Communist International is a phrase over which one is obliged to linger at least momentarily.
  • And rightly so, since what was required, above all for political purposes, was short clipped words of unmistakable meaning which could be uttered rapidly and which roused the minimum of echoes in the speaker’s mind.
  • A word which was difficult to utter, or was liable to be incorrectly heard, was held to be ipso facto a bad word: occasionally therefore, for the sake of euphony, extra letters were inserted into a word or an archaic formation was retained.

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  • I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
  • The decision was made before I could utter an opinion.

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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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