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The Great Gatsby
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • I was sure the request would be something utterly fantastic, and for a moment I was sorry I’d ever set foot upon his overpopulated lawn.
  • I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl.

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  • I couldn’t guess what Daisy and Tom were thinking, but I doubt if even Miss Baker, who seemed to have mastered a certain hardy scepticism, was able utterly to put this fifth guest’s shrill metallic urgency out of mind.
  • The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be — will be utterly submerged.

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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
  • At this point Miss Baker said: "Absolutely!" with such suddenness that I started — it was the first word she uttered since I came into the room.
  • I became aware now of a hollow, wailing sound which issued incessantly from the garage, a sound which as we got out of the coupe and walked toward the door resolved itself into the words "Oh, my God!" uttered over and over in a gasping moan.

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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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