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utter
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Was it possible he had deceived himself so utterly about her?

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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
  • Do you think me an utter fool?
  • The boy uttered a squeal of pain as the stick cut his thigh.

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  • Mr. Henchy snuffled vigorously and spat so copiously that he nearly put out the fire, which uttered a hissing protest.
  • His whole speech was a mistake from first to last, an utter failure.
  • His deep, raucous voice had thrilled them as it uttered the word of belief and submission.
  • He uttered the metaphor with a certain homely energy and, encouraged by his own voice, proceeded: "You see, we may as well all admit we’re a nice collection of scoundrels, one and all.

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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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