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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • They are utterly dissimilar in all respects.
  • That I suffered in secret, and that I suffered exquisitely, no one ever knew but I. How much I suffered, it is, as I have said already, utterly beyond my power to tell.

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  • All this time I was so conscious of the waste of any promise I had given, and of my being utterly neglected, that I should have been perfectly miserable, I have no doubt, but for the old books.
  • I was still painfully conscious of my youth, for nobody stood in any awe of me at all: the chambermaid being utterly indifferent to my opinions on any subject, and the waiter being familiar with me, and offering advice to my inexperience.
  • As to her family, they were totally unworthy of her, and their sentiments were utterly indifferent to him, and they might — I quote his own expression — go to the Devil.
  • The deep remembrance of the sense I had, of being utterly without hope now; of the shame I felt in my position; of the misery it was to my young heart to believe that day by day what I had learned, and thought, and delighted in, and raised my fancy and my emulation up by, would pass away from me, little by little, never to be brought back any more; cannot be written.
  • I had grown to be so accustomed to the Micawbers, and had been so intimate with them in their distresses, and was so utterly friendless without them, that the prospect of being thrown upon some new shift for a lodging, and going once more among unknown people, was like being that moment turned adrift into my present life, with such a knowledge of it ready made as experience had given me.
  • A difference of opinion had arisen between herself and Mrs. Crupp, on an abstract question (the propriety of chambers being inhabited by the gentler sex); and my aunt, utterly indifferent to spasms on the part of Mrs. Crupp, had cut the dispute short, by informing that lady that she smelt of my brandy, and that she would trouble her to walk out.
  • Mr. Dick shook his head, as utterly renouncing the suggestion; and having replied a great many times, and with great confidence, ’No beggar, no beggar, no beggar, sir!’ went on to say, that from his window he had afterwards, and late at night, seen my aunt give this person money outside the garden rails in the moonlight, who then slunk away — into the ground again, as he thought probable — and was seen no more: while my aunt came hurriedly and secretly back into the house, and had,
  • In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.

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  • I know that my aunt distressed Dora’s aunts very much, by utterly setting at naught the dignity of fly-conveyance, and walking out to Putney at extraordinary times, as shortly after breakfast or just before tea; likewise by wearing her bonnet in any manner that happened to be comfortable to her head, without at all deferring to the prejudices of civilization on that subject.

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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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  • I dare say no words she could have uttered would have affected me so much, then, as her calling me her child.
  • The light, bold, fluttering little figure turned and came back safe to me, and I soon laughed at my fears, and at the cry I had uttered; fruitlessly in any case, for there was no one near.

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  • I sank down in a chair, and tried to utter some reply; but my tongue was fettered, and my sight was weak.
  • Knowing the utter hopelessness of attracting his attention from that distance, I made bold to open the gate, and walk after him, so as to meet him when he should turn round.
  • I really thought it was all over with Mr. Omer, after he had uttered this libellous pleasantry.
  • She stopped a moment before going out, as if she would have uttered something or turned back; but no word passed her lips.
  • This done, he went away, muttering, and uttered the cry of his trade next door, in a vindictive shriek.
  • I felt, but I am sure I don’t know why, that this was self-denying and devoted in Mrs. Micawber, and I uttered a murmur to that effect.
  • I never had this mysterious impression more strongly in my life, than before he uttered those words.
  • Time and the world were slipping from beneath him, but the box was there; and the last words he had uttered were (in an explanatory tone) ’Old clothes!’

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  • Mr. Peggotty uttered no cry, and shed no tear, and moved no more, until he seemed to wake again, all at once, and pulled down his rough coat from its peg in a corner.
  • Deeply as I felt my own unconscious part in his pollution of an honest home, I believed that if I had been brought face to face with him, I could not have uttered one reproach.
  • Every time he uttered this ejaculation, his eyes seemed to be in danger of starting out; and every sentence he spoke, he delivered in a sort of tune, always exactly the same, and more like a gust of wind, which begins low, mounts up high, and falls again, than any other comparison I can find for it.
  • Dora lies smiling on us, and is beautiful, and utters no hasty or complaining word.
  • The words, ’Pretty fellow,’ or ’Poor fellow,’ seemed to be in my ears, too; but certainly there was nothing else, when I awoke, to lead me to believe that they had been uttered by my aunt, who sat in the bow-window gazing at the sea from behind the green fan, which was mounted on a kind of swivel, and turned any way.
  • In effect, we presently heard him uttering suppressed groans of the most dismal nature, as this magpie proceeding racked him in every joint; but while Peggotty’s eyes were full of compassion for him, she said his generous impulse would do him good, and it was better not to check it.
  • Every word he uttered had a force that no other grace could have imparted to it.
  • But she never uttered a word.
  • Miss Dartle, leaning back upon the seat, with a light of exultation in her face, seemed almost to caress the sounds this fellow had uttered.
  • She uttered a terrified scream, and struggled with me with such strength that I doubt if I could have held her alone.
  • The moan the mother uttered, from time to time, went to My heart.
  • Not another word did Mr. Dick utter on the subject; but he made a very telegraph of himself for the next half-hour (to the great disturbance of my aunt’s mind), to enjoin inviolable secrecy on me.
  • I took that opportunity, with my voice sticking in my throat, and my sight failing as I uttered the words, to express my hope that Miss Spenlow was quite well; to which Mr. Spenlow replied, with no more emotion than if he had been speaking of an ordinary human being, that he was much obliged to me, and she was very well.
  • Having uttered which, with great distinctness, she begged the favour of being shown to her room, which became to me from that time forth a place of awe and dread, wherein the two black boxes were never seen open or known to be left unlocked, and where (for I peeped in once or twice when she was out) numerous little steel fetters and rivets, with which Miss Murdstone embellished herself when she was dressed, generally hung upon the looking-glass in formidable array.
  • As there was something which had occurred to my mind, I said in reply: ’I could wish to know from this — creature,’ I could not bring myself to utter any more conciliatory word, ’whether they intercepted a letter that was written to her from home, or whether he supposes that she received it.’
  • (I am quite convinced he could not have uttered three words, but for the amazing energy with which this word inspired him when he felt it coming.
  • ’ "The stipendiary emoluments in consideration of which I entered into the service of — HEEP," ’ always pausing before that word and uttering it with astonishing vigour, ’ "were not defined, beyond the pittance of twenty-two shillings and six per week.

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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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