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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Phew, how utterly petty it all is!
  • He felt utterly broken: darkness and confusion were in his soul.

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  • But that seemed utterly unattainable.
  • Suddenly he stopped; a new utterly unexpected and exceedingly simple question perplexed and bitterly confounded him.
  • Raskolnikov’s set and earnest face was suddenly transformed, and he suddenly went off into the same nervous laugh as before, as though utterly unable to restrain himself.
  • Dark agonising ideas rose in his mind—the idea that he was mad and that at that moment he was incapable of reasoning, of protecting himself, that he ought perhaps to be doing something utterly different from what he was now doing.
  • He lay down on the sofa, and turned to the wall, utterly exhausted.
  • I am utterly unworthy of you!
  • Razumihin was utterly overwhelmed, turning cold with horror.
  • Behind him Razumihin strode in gawky and awkward, shamefaced and red as a peony, with an utterly crestfallen and ferocious expression.

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  • Porfiry’s unexpected words about the flat had utterly overwhelmed him.
  • And please don’t think I am doing you a service; quite the contrary, as soon as you came in, I saw how you could help me; to begin with, I am weak in spelling, and secondly, I am sometimes utterly adrift in German, so that I make it up as I go along for the most part.
  • It is noteworthy that as he went downstairs he still imagined that his case was perhaps not utterly lost, and that, so far as the ladies were concerned, all might "very well indeed" be set right again.
  • And what shows that I am utterly a louse," he added, grinding his teeth, "is that I am perhaps viler and more loathsome than the louse I killed, and I felt beforehand that I should tell myself so after killing her.
  • All my tactics lay in simply being utterly annihilated and prostrate before her purity.
  • He got up angrily, feeling utterly shattered; his bones ached.
  • Would not twenty years of continual bondage crush him utterly?
  • It was not that he understood, but he felt clearly with all the intensity of sensation that he could never more appeal to these people in the police-office with sentimental effusions like his recent outburst, or with anything whatever; and that if they had been his own brothers and sisters and not police-officers, it would have been utterly out of the question to appeal to them in any circumstance of life.
  • After Nikolay’s confession, on that very day had come the scene with Sonia; his behaviour and his last words had been utterly unlike anything he could have imagined beforehand; he had grown feebler, instantly and fundamentally!
  • So that’s how it stands!" cried Luzhin, utterly unable to the last moment to believe in the rupture and so completely thrown out of his reckoning now.
  • Because we were alone, utterly alone," she said plaintively and stopped short, suddenly, recollecting it was still somewhat dangerous to speak of Pyotr Petrovitch, although "we are quite happy again."
  • "Oh, no, Pyotr Petrovitch, it was all terribly disheartening," Pulcheria Alexandrovna hastened to declare with peculiar intonation, "and if Dmitri Prokofitch had not been sent us, I really believe by God Himself, we should have been utterly lost.

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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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  • Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most….
  • Taking no further notice of him, she walked towards the outer door to close it and uttered a sudden scream on seeing her husband on his knees in the doorway.

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  • The young man was hastening away without uttering a word.
  • All at once he heard distinctly a faint cry, as though someone had uttered a low broken moan.
  • He began calmly, gloating beforehand over the venomous phrases he was about to utter, but finished, panting for breath, in a frenzy, as he had been with Luzhin.
  • The landlady was moaning and groaning; Ilya Petrovitch was still uttering threats and curses….
  • She began slowly backing away from him into the corner, staring intently, persistently at him, but still uttered no sound, as though she could not get breath to scream.
  • Raskolnikov looked at him and turned to the wall without uttering a word.
  • He bent down as close as possible to Zametov, and his lips began to move without uttering a word.
  • But when Raskolnikov was in the next street, he turned back, mounted the stairs to Razumihin’s again and laying on the table the German article and the three roubles, went out again, still without uttering a word.

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  • The dying man probably understood little; he could only utter indistinct broken sounds.
  • He did not utter a word on any other subject and did not display the slightest desire to enter into more personal relations with the two ladies.
  • All this was uttered with extreme rapidity, getting quicker and quicker, but a cough suddenly cut short Katerina Ivanovna’s eloquence.
  • At the thought of it, she was so frightened that she hurriedly got up again, and in utter confusion addressed Raskolnikov.
  • He held out his hand and shook hands, still apparently making desperate efforts to subdue his mirth and utter a few words to introduce himself.
  • The man noticed him at once, looked at him quickly, but dropped his eyes again; and so they walked for a minute side by side without uttering a word.
  • He had simply babbled on uttering empty phrases, letting slip a few enigmatic words and again reverting to incoherence.
  • At that instant the dying man recovered consciousness and uttered a groan; she ran to him.
  • She had not uttered a word from the moment they began to speak of Luzhin.
  • The last words were uttered in the passage.
  • It was what he was thinking, and it somehow was uttered aloud.
  • "Yes, yes…. though I don’t agree with you in everything," added Avdotya Romanovna earnestly and at once uttered a cry, for he squeezed her hand so painfully.
  • He endured anguish at that moment, and if it had been possible to slay Raskolnikov instantly by wishing it, Pyotr Petrovitch would promptly have uttered the wish.
  • She did not utter a word, she did not even look at her, she simply picked up our big green drap de dames shawl (we have a shawl, made of drap de dames), put it over her head and face and lay down on the bed with her face to the wall; only her little shoulders and her body kept shuddering….
  • When you were writing your article, surely you couldn’t have helped, he-he! fancying yourself…. just a little, an ’extraordinary’ man, uttering a new word in your sense….
  • He could not utter a word.
  • His lips worked, helplessly struggling to utter something.
  • "It all depends on you, on you, on you alone," he began with glowing eyes, almost in a whisper and hardly able to utter the words for emotion.
  • He tried to say something, but his lips moved without being able to utter a sound.
  • Suddenly he turned pale, got up from his chair, looked at Sonia, and without uttering a word sat down mechanically on her bed.
  • Raskolnikov leapt from the sofa, stood up for a few seconds and sat down again without uttering a word.
  • I beg you, worthy Amalia Ivanovna, to remember your words which have been uttered before witnesses.
  • Suddenly the colour rushed to her cheeks; she uttered a cry and hid her face in her hands.
  • All of a sudden she started as though she had been stabbed, uttered a cry and fell on her knees before him, she did not know why.
  • A little more, and their companionship, this mother and this sister, with him after three years’ absence, this intimate tone of conversation, in face of the utter impossibility of really speaking about anything, would have been beyond his power of endurance.
  • He stood with the two ladies, seizing both by their hands, persuading them, and giving them reasons with astonishing plainness of speech, and at almost every word he uttered, probably to emphasise his arguments, he squeezed their hands painfully as in a vise.
  • Raskolnikov’s judgment was uttered too lightly and hastily: there was something about Svidrigailov which gave him a certain original, even a mysterious character.
  • I only believe in my leading idea that men are in general divided by a law of nature into two categories, inferior (ordinary), that is, so to say, material that serves only to reproduce its kind, and men who have the gift or the talent to utter a new word.
  • The colour had rushed into his pale exhausted face, but as he uttered his last explanation, he happened to meet Dounia’s eyes and he saw such anguish in them that he could not help being checked.
  • Had Avdotya Romanovna been dressed like a queen, he felt that he would not be afraid of her, but perhaps just because she was poorly dressed and that he noticed all the misery of her surroundings, his heart was filled with dread and he began to be afraid of every word he uttered, every gesture he made, which was very trying for a man who already felt diffident.
  • I can’t understand how you dare utter her name in my presence, if you really are Svidrigailov."
  • " and she leapt up from the table to represent her father, sticking her hands in her pockets, puffing her cheeks, and uttering vague sounds resembling "poof! poof!" amid loud laughter from all the lodgers, who purposely encouraged Amalia Ivanovna, hoping for a fight.

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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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