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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
  • Yet, although unhappy, he is not so utterly occupied by his own misery but that he interests himself deeply in the projects of others.

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  • He might dissect, anatomize, and give names; but, not to speak of a final cause, causes in their secondary and tertiary grades were utterly unknown to him.
  • A tear seemed to dim her eye when she saw us, but she quickly recovered herself, and a look of sorrowful affection seemed to attest her utter guiltlessness.
  • I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed.
  • "Every minute," continued M. Krempe with warmth, "every instant that you have wasted on those books is utterly and entirely lost."
  • I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which would give an air of delirium to a tale otherwise so utterly improbable.
  • I ardently desired to understand them, and bent every faculty towards that purpose, but found it utterly impossible.
  • ’It is utterly useless,’ replied Felix; ’we can never again inhabit your cottage.’
  • I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair.

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  • I asked, it is true, for greater treasures than a little food or rest: I required kindness and sympathy; but I did not believe myself utterly unworthy of it.
  • "I know," continued the unhappy victim, "how heavily and fatally this one circumstance weighs against me, but I have no power of explaining it; and when I have expressed my utter ignorance, I am only left to conjecture concerning the probabilities by which it might have been placed in my pocket."
  • It was one which could not fail to impress itself deeply on my mind, unfolding as it did a number of circumstances, each interesting and wonderful to one so utterly inexperienced as I was.
  • Safie nursed her with the most devoted affection, but the poor girl died, and the Arabian was left alone, unacquainted with the language of the country and utterly ignorant of the customs of the world.
  • But now, when I appeared almost within grasp of my foe, my hopes were suddenly extinguished, and I lost all trace of him more utterly than I had ever done before.
  • The physician came and prescribed medicines, and the old woman prepared them for me; but utter carelessness was visible in the first, and the expression of brutality was strongly marked in the visage of the second.
  • I attempted to accompany them and proceeded a short distance from the house, but my head whirled round, my steps were like those of a drunken man, I fell at last in a state of utter exhaustion; a film covered my eyes, and my skin was parched with the heat of fever.

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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
  • Sometimes, seized with sudden agony, he could not continue his tale; at others, his voice broken, yet piercing, uttered with difficulty the words so replete with anguish.
  • She uttered some words in a loud voice, and the youth joined her, who also expressed surprise.

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  • Their pronunciation was quick, and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference.
  • When he heard the sound of my approach, he ceased to utter exclamations of grief and horror and sprung towards the window.
  • The monster continued to utter wild and incoherent self-reproaches.
  • I afterwards found that these labours, performed by an invisible hand, greatly astonished them; and once or twice I heard them, on these occasions, utter the words ’good spirit,’ ’wonderful’; but I did not then understand the signification of these terms.
  • I turned with loathing from the woman who could utter so unfeeling a speech to a person just saved, on the very edge of death; but I felt languid and unable to reflect on all that had passed.
  • Safie was always gay and happy; she and I improved rapidly in the knowledge of language, so that in two months I began to comprehend most of the words uttered by my protectors.

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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 a sound Define
make a sound with the voice
  • So soon as he had finished, the youth began, not to play, but to utter sounds that were monotonous, and neither resembling the harmony of the old man’s instrument nor the songs of the birds; I since found that he read aloud, but at that time I knew nothing of the science of words or letters.
  • I gnashed my teeth and ground them together, uttering a groan that came from my inmost soul.

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  • I found that the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird and thrush were sweet and enticing.
  • Uttering a few sounds with an air of melancholy, he took the pail from her head and bore it to the cottage himself.
  • This reading had puzzled me extremely at first, but by degrees I discovered that he uttered many of the same sounds when he read as when he talked.
  • I soon perceived that although the stranger uttered articulate sounds and appeared to have a language of her own, she was neither understood by nor herself understood the cottagers.
  • As soon as he beheld my form, he placed his hands before his eyes and uttered a shrill scream; I drew his hand forcibly from his face and said, ’Child, what is the meaning of this?’
  • I strained my sight to discover what it could be and uttered a wild cry of ecstasy when I distinguished a sledge and the distorted proportions of a well-known form within.

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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)
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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