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Brave New World
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • He was utterly miserable, and perhaps (her shining eyes accused him), perhaps it was his own fault.
  • The students nodded, emphatically agreeing with a statement which upwards of sixty-two thousand repetitions in the dark had made them accept, not merely as true, but as axiomatic, self-evident, utterly indisputable.

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  • His face was pale, his expression utterly dejected.
  • Men who never had to shout at an Epsilon to get an order obeyed; men who took their position for granted; men who moved through the caste system as a fish through water–so utterly at home as to be unaware either of themselves or of the beneficent and comfortable element in which they had their being.
  • Punctured, utterly deflated, he dropped into a chair and, covering his face with his hands, began to weep.
  • It might give them the most disastrous ideas about the subject, might upset them into reacting in the entirely wrong, the utterly anti-social way.

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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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unspecified meaning
  • After a few seconds Lenina’s eyes flinched away; she uttered a nervous little laugh, tried to think of something to say and couldn’t.
  • With a faint hum and rattle the moving racks crawled imperceptibly through the weeks and the recapitulated aeons to where, in the Decanting Room, the newly-unbottled babes uttered their first yell of horror and amazement.

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  • Five words he uttered and no more-five words, the same as those he had said to Bernard about the Arch-Community-Songster of Canterbury.

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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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