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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • I shall perish of my debauchery if Thou utterly desertest me!
  • It needs no critical exertion to reduce utterly to dust any deductions drawn from history.

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  • It would be a very good thing for the Rostovs, they are said to be utterly ruined.
  • From all this talk he saw only one thing: that to defend Moscow was a physical impossibility in the full meaning of those words, that is to say, so utterly impossible that if any senseless commander were to give orders to fight, confusion would result but the battle would still not take place.

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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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  • "Because I hate ghost stories," said Prince Hippolyte in a tone which showed that he only understood the meaning of his words after he had uttered them.
  • "Yes," said Rostov as if it cost him a great deal to utter the word; and he sat down at the nearest table.

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  • He went on talking in this way in French, uttering only those words in Russian on which he wished to put a contemptuous emphasis.
  • Prince Bagration, uttering his words with an Oriental accent, spoke particularly slowly, as if to impress the fact that there was no need to hurry.
  • She smiled as she uttered his pet name, "Andrusha."
  • He collected all his strength, to stir and utter a sound.
  • And he vividly recalled that moment after supper at Prince Vasili’s, when he spoke those words he had found so difficult to utter: "I love you."
  • For a long time he could not utter a word, so that the Rhetor had to repeat his question.
  • Pierre looked at that aged, stern, motionless, almost lifeless face and moved his lips without uttering a sound.
  • He was knocking the back of his head against the floor, hoarsely uttering some word which he kept repeating.

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  • "Vous voyez le malheureux Mack," he uttered in a broken voice.
  • He feebly moved his leg and uttered a weak, sickly groan which aroused his own pity.
  • "Please," he uttered with an effort.
  • "Now thou hast seen the lesser light," uttered a voice.
  • When Rostov asked what was the matter, he only uttered some incoherent oaths and threats in a hoarse, feeble voice.
  • As he said this Prince Andrew was less than ever like that Bolkonski who had lolled in Anna Pavlovna’s easy chairs and with half-closed eyes had uttered French phrases between his teeth.
  • One soldier, in his fear, uttered the senseless cry, "Cut off!" that is so terrible in battle, and that word infected the whole crowd with a feeling of panic.
  • He began the rescript again and again, but as soon as he uttered ’Sergey’ he sobbed, ’Kuz-mi-ch,’ tears, and ’From all sides’ was smothered in sobs and he could get no farther.
  • On the Pratzen Heights, where he had fallen with the flagstaff in his hand, lay Prince Andrew Bolkonski bleeding profusely and unconsciously uttering a gentle, piteous, and childlike moan.
  • "And I might have been in his place!" thought Rostov, and hardly restraining his tears of pity for the Emperor, he rode on in utter despair, not knowing where to or why he was now riding.
  • "I am convinced that we Russians must die or conquer," he concluded, conscious—as were others—after the words were uttered that his remarks were too enthusiastic and emphatic for the occasion and were therefore awkward.
  • If he reached Znaim before the French, there would be great hope of saving the army; to let the French forestall him at Znaim meant the exposure of his whole army to a disgrace such as that of Ulm, or to utter destruction.
  • At the very instant he did this and uttered those words, Pierre felt that the question of his wife’s guilt which had been tormenting him the whole day was finally and indubitably answered in the affirmative.
  • No one has ever heard him utter a groan or a word of complaint.
  • The Emperor was not dancing, he stood in the doorway, stopping now one pair and now another with gracious words which he alone knew how to utter.
  • It seemed to Boris that it gave the Emperor pleasure to utter these words.
  • He could not utter them, though he wished to do so.
  • Before Shinshin had time to utter the joke he was ready to make on the count’s patriotism, Natasha jumped up from her place and ran to her father.
  • Others in that heat and crush racked their brains to find some thought and hastened to utter it.
  • They’ve brought us to utter ruin!
  • Napoleon noticed Balashev’s embarrassment when uttering these last words; his face twitched and the calf of his left leg began to quiver rhythmically.
  • "Bonaparte treats Europe as a pirate does a captured vessel," said Count Rostopchin, repeating a phrase he had uttered several times before.
  • But scarcely had Pierre uttered these words before he was attacked from three sides.
  • She could not understand them, but tried to guess what he was saying and inquiringly repeated the words he uttered.
  • "Always thoughts…. about you…. thoughts…." he then uttered much more clearly than he had done before, now that he was sure of being understood.
  • And Princess Mary uttered aloud the caressing word he had said to her on the day of his death.
  • What was he thinking when he uttered that word?
  • "Look out!" he shouted, in a voice plainly showing that he had long fretted to utter that word, and letting the borzois slip he galloped toward the count.
  • He knew that none of the words now uttered by Napoleon had any significance, and that Napoleon himself would be ashamed of them when he came to his senses.
  • In some places she raised her voice, in others she whispered, lifting her head triumphantly; sometimes she paused and uttered hoarse sounds, rolling her eyes.
  • Princess Mary could not quite make out what he had said, but from his look it was clear that he had uttered a tender caressing word such as he had never used to her before.
  • But he had no time to utter the decisive word which the expression of his face caused his mother to await with terror, and which would perhaps have forever remained a cruel memory to them both.
  • Just fancy!" said the countess with a gentle smile, looking at Boris’ and went on, evidently concerned with a thought that always occupied her: "Now you see if I were to be severe with her and to forbid it…. goodness knows what they might be up to on the sly" (she meant that they would be kissing), "but as it is, I know every word she utters.
  • "You see, my dear sir, I have read your project," interrupted Arakcheev, uttering only the first words amiably and then—again without looking at Prince Andrew—relapsing gradually into a tone of grumbling contempt.
  • Formerly in Anna Pavlovna’s presence, Pierre had always felt that what he was saying was out of place, tactless and unsuitable, that remarks which seemed to him clever while they formed in his mind became foolish as soon as he uttered them, while on the contrary Hippolyte’s stupidest remarks came out clever and apt.
  • When she saw his Russian face, and by his walk and the first words he uttered recognized him as a man of her own class, she glanced at him with her deep radiant look and began speaking in a voice that faltered and trembled with emotion.
  • Balashev involuntarily flushed with pleasure at the aptitude of this reply, but hardly had he uttered the word Poltava before Caulaincourt began speaking of the badness of the road from Petersburg to Moscow and of his Petersburg reminiscences.
  • "But it’s impossible…." declared the gentlemen of the suite, shrugging their shoulders but not venturing to utter the implied word—le ridicule….
  • Why did I utter those words?
  • Petya wished to say "Good night" but could not utter a word.
  • Pierre sobbed as he sat among them and could not utter a word.
  • There were only thoughts clearly expressed in words, thoughts that someone was uttering or that he himself was formulating.
  • Pierre was silent because he was incapable of uttering a word.
  • The corporal frowned at Pierre’s words and, uttering some meaningless oaths, slammed the door.
  • They came up to the fire, hoarsely uttering something in a language our soldiers did not understand.
  • But after the exclamation of surprise that had escaped from Vereshchagin he uttered a plaintive cry of pain, and that cry was fatal.
  • In the stillness around him his slowly uttered words were distinctly heard.
  • The cart was loaded high, and at the very top, beside a child’s chair with its legs in the air, sat a peasant woman uttering piercing and desperate shrieks.
  • He did not miss a single word he uttered, and would afterwards, with Dessalles or by himself, recall and reconsider the meaning of everything Pierre had said.
  • Hardly knowing how she did it, she contrived to utter a few polite phrases in French in the same tone as those that had been addressed to her, and asked: "How is he?"
  • Having uttered these words in an agitated voice the Emperor suddenly turned away as if to hide from Michaud the tears that rose to his eyes, and went to the further end of his study.
  • But that man, so heedless of his words, did not once during the whole time of his activity utter one word inconsistent with the single aim toward which he moved throughout the whole war.
  • She was sure he would speak soft, tender words to her such as her father had uttered before his death, and that she would not be able to bear it and would burst into sobs in his presence.
  • We are so accustomed to that idea and have become so used to it that the question: why did six hundred thousand men go to fight when Napoleon uttered certain words, seems to us senseless.
  • During his diplomatic career he had more than once noticed that such utterances were received as very witty, and at every opportunity he uttered in that way the first words that entered his head.
  • Whether Kutuzov was thinking of something entirely different when he spoke those words, or uttered them purposely, knowing them to be meaningless, at any rate Rostopchin made no reply and hastily left him.
  • In spite of this the old man inspired in all his visitors alike a feeling of respectful veneration—especially of an evening when he came in to tea in his old-fashioned coat and powdered wig and, aroused by anyone, told his abrupt stories of the past, or uttered yet more abrupt and scathing criticisms of the present.
  • And having thus demolished the young man, Anna Pavlovna turned to another group where Bilibin was talking about the Austrians: having wrinkled up his face he was evidently preparing to smooth it out again and utter one of his mots.
  • "Ooh, ooh, ooh!" grunted the Tartar, and suddenly lifting up his swarthy snub-nosed face with its high cheekbones, and baring his white teeth, he began to wriggle and twitch his body and utter piercing, ringing, and prolonged yells.
  • Formerly, after he had given two or three orders and uttered a few phrases, marshals and adjutants had come galloping up with congratulations and happy faces, announcing the trophies taken, the corps of prisoners, bundles of enemy eagles and standards, cannon and stores, and Murat had only begged leave to loose the cavalry to gather in the baggage wagons.
  • But as a youth in love trembles, is unnerved, and dares not utter the thoughts he has dreamed of for nights, but looks around for help or a chance of delay and flight when the longed-for moment comes and he is alone with her, so Rostov, now that he had attained what he had longed for more than anything else in the world, did not know how to approach the Emperor, and a thousand reasons occurred to him why it would be inconvenient, unseemly, and impossible to do so.
  • When he came to himself he was sitting on the ground leaning on his hands; the ammunition wagons he had been approaching no longer existed, only charred green boards and rags littered the scorched grass, and a horse, dangling fragments of its shaft behind it, galloped past, while another horse lay, like Pierre, on the ground, uttering prolonged and piercing cries.
  • After those involuntary words—that if he were free he would have asked on his knees for her hand and her love—uttered at a moment when she was so strongly agitated, Pierre never spoke to Natasha of his feelings; and it seemed plain to her that those words, which had then so comforted her, were spoken as all sorts of meaningless words are spoken to comfort a crying child.
  • But in Julie’s presence, looking at her red face and chin (nearly always powdered), her moist eyes, and her expression of continual readiness to pass at once from melancholy to an unnatural rapture of married bliss, Boris could not utter the decisive words, though in imagination he had long regarded himself as the possessor of those Penza and Nizhegorod estates and had apportioned the use of the income from them.
  • And probably still more perturbed by the fact that he had uttered this obvious falsehood, and that Balashev still stood silently before him in the same attitude of submission to fate, Napoleon abruptly turned round, drew close to Balashev’s face, and, gesticulating rapidly and energetically with his white hands, almost shouted: "Know that if you stir up Prussia against me, I’ll wipe it off the map of Europe!" he declared, his face pale and distorted by anger, and he struck one of his…
  • You see…." was all Natasha managed to utter (to her everything seemed funny).
  • So it came about that at the council at Malo-Yaroslavets, when the generals pretending to confer together expressed various opinions, all mouths were closed by the opinion uttered by the simple-minded soldier Mouton who, speaking last, said what they all felt: that the one thing needful was to get away as quickly as possible; and no one, not even Napoleon, could say anything against that truth which they all recognized.
  • As soon as Nicholas entered in his hussar uniform, diffusing around him a fragrance of perfume and wine, and had uttered the words "better late than never" and heard them repeated several times by others, people clustered around him; all eyes turned on him, and he felt at once that he had entered into his proper position in the province—that of a universal favorite: a very pleasant position, and intoxicatingly so after his long privations.
  • Thou dreamest that thou art wise because thou couldst utter those blasphemous words," he went on, with a somber and scornful smile.
  • I…. desire regeneration," Pierre uttered with difficulty.
  • Helene laughed, "that Dolokhov was my lover," she said in French with her coarse plainness of speech, uttering the word amant as casually as any other word, "and you believed it!
  • …next morning, Pierre felt that for the new guard—both officers and men—he was not as interesting as he had been to his captors; and in fact the guard of the second day did not recognize in this big, stout man in a peasant coat the vigorous person who had fought so desperately with the marauder and the convoy and had uttered those solemn words about saving a child; they saw in him only No. 17 of the captured Russians, arrested and detained for some reason by order of the Higher Command.
  • "If it were not for my sincere affection and devotion to Uncle," said she, uttering the word with peculiar assurance and unconcern, "I know his character: noble, upright…. but you see he has no one with him except the young princesses….
  • You do not know Him, but He is here, He is in me, He is in my words, He is in thee, and even in those blasphemous words thou hast just uttered!" pronounced the Mason in a stern and tremulous voice.
  • Humbug, humbug, humbug!" cried Prince Bolkonski, frowning and taking his daughter’s hand; he did not kiss her, but only bending his forehead to hers just touched it, and pressed her hand so that she winced and uttered a cry.
  • A sovereign should not be with the army unless he is a general!" said Napoleon, evidently uttering these words as a direct challenge to the Emperor.
  • "Yes, you…. you…." she said, uttering the word you rapturously—"that’s a different thing.
  • I’ll ’overresist’ them!" uttered Rostov meaninglessly, breathless with irrational animal fury and the need to vent it.
  • "As soon as Napoleon’s interpreter had spoken," says Thiers, "the Cossack, seized by amazement, did not utter another word, but rode on, his eyes fixed on the conqueror whose fame had reached him across the steppes of the East.
  • I don’t know what, that…." and having uttered this compliment, he again gazed at him in silence.
  • What a style!" was uttered in approval both of reader and of author.
  • " "Oh, yes," said Petya, nodding at the first words Denisov uttered as if he understood it all, though he really did not understand anything of it.
  • But I understand that you value what opens up a fresh line," said she, repeating words Pierre had once uttered.
  • We have recognized you," he now seemed to hear the words she had uttered and to see before him her eyes, her smile, her traveling hood, and a stray lock of her hair…. and there seemed to him something pathetic and touching in all this.

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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
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make a sound with the voice
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