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The Idiot
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • It seems to me that sincerity, on the other hand, is only possible if combined with a kind of bad taste that would be utterly out of place here.
  • And let everyone here forget him—forget him utterly!

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  • I have sometimes asked myself how it was that these communities were not utterly swept off the face of the earth, and how they could possibly survive.
  • Absolutely and utterly impossible—and yet, so it must be.

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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
  • Say one more such word, and save me from utter ruin.
  • Hardly had the prince uttered the last word when Gania gave such a fearful shudder that the prince almost cried out.

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  • Gania’s irritation increased with every word he uttered, as he walked up and down the room.
  • My goodness, what utter twaddle, and what may all this nonsense have signified, pray?
  • He could not understand how that proud and austere beauty could show herself to be such an utter child—a child who probably did not even now understand some words.
  • The end of the episode was that when Aglaya saw her mother and sisters crying over her and not uttering a word of reproach, she had flung herself into their arms and gone straight home with them.
  • Nor does every husband feel bound to repeat at every step, "Tu l’as voulu, Georges Dandin!" like another typical personage; and yet how many millions and billions of Georges Dandins there are in real life who feel inclined to utter this soul-drawn cry after their honeymoon, if not the day after the wedding!
  • "They never utter a hint about the past, not only in Aglaya’s presence, but even among themselves.

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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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