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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • His tone was so utterly removed from all she had expected as a beginning.
  • She must love you indeed to sell soul and body to you so utterly as she has done.

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  • Perhaps in no minor point does woman astonish her helpmate more than in the strange power she possesses of believing cajoleries that she knows to be false—except, indeed, in that of being utterly sceptical on strictures that she knows to be true.
  • To find themselves utterly alone at night where company is desirable and expected makes some people fearful; but a case more trying by far to the nerves is to discover some mysterious companionship when intuition, sensation, memory, analogy, testimony, probability, induction—every kind of evidence in the logician’s list—have united to persuade consciousness that it is quite in isolation.
  • Love is an utterly bygone, sorry, worn-out, miserable thing with me—for him or any one else.

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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
  • No man who had ever seen bird, rabbit, or squirrel in his childhood, could possibly have thrown with such utter imbecility as was shown here.
  • "Fanny!" said the wall, in utter astonishment.

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  • Gabriel uttered "a little" in a tone to show her that it was the complacent form of "a great deal."
  • He passed by with an utter and overwhelming sensation of ignorance, shyness, and doubt.
  • But she forbore to utter this feeling, and the reticence of her tongue only made the loquacity of her face the more noticeable.
  • If the word "fun" had been "torture," it could not have been uttered with a more constrained and restless countenance than was Boldwood’s then.
  • It was as remarkable as it was characteristic that the one sentence he uttered was in thankfulness:— "Thank God I am not married: what would SHE have done in the poverty now coming upon me!"
  • When Gabriel had gone about two hundred yards along the down, he heard a "hoi-hoi!" uttered behind him, in a piping note of more treble quality than that in which the exclamation usually embodies itself when shouted across a field.
  • It was not only received with utter incredulity as regarded itself, but threw a doubt on all the assurances that had preceded it.
  • Can a man fooled to utter heart-burning find a reason for being merry?

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  • Troy was about to utter something hastily; he then checked himself and said, "I am too poor."
  • The tone in which this word was uttered was all that had been wanted to bring Boldwood to the point.
  • She uttered an hysterical cry, and fell down.
  • The night had a haggard look, like a sick thing; and there came finally an utter expiration of air from the whole heaven in the form of a slow breeze, which might have been likened to a death.
  • Whilst she sorrowed in her heart she cheered with her voice, and what was stranger than that the strong should need encouragement from the weak was that cheerfulness should be so well stimulated by such utter dejection.
  • She flushed in pain and surprise, and some words escaped her before she had thought whether or not it was wise to utter them.
  • No further speech would need to be uttered.
  • He uttered a long guttural sigh—there was a contraction—an extension—then his muscles relaxed, and he lay still.
  • The utter prostration that had followed the low fever from which she had suffered diminished perceptibly when all uncertainty upon every subject had come to an end.
  • He started back in utter confusion, for although his disguise effectually concealed his personality, he instantly felt that she would be sure to recognize his voice.
  • In addition to the dulcet piping of Gabriel’s flute, Boldwood supplied a bass in his customary profound voice, uttering his notes so softly, however, as to abstain entirely from making anything like an ordinary duet of the song; they rather formed a rich unexplored shadow, which threw her tones into relief.
  • At the turnpike scene, where Bess and Turpin are hotly pursued at midnight by the officers, and the half-awake gatekeeper in his tasselled nightcap denies that any horseman has passed, Coggan uttered a broad-chested "Well done!" which could be heard all over the fair above the bleating, and Poorgrass smiled delightedly with a nice sense of dramatic contrast between our hero, who coolly leaps the gate, and halting justice in the form of his enemies, who must needs pull up cumbersomely…

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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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