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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • The air was utterly dead.
  • The boys cried out to each other, but the roaring wind and the booming thunder-blasts drowned their voices utterly.

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  • Tom struggled awhile and then retired, utterly defeated.
  • There in the middle of the moonlit valley below them stood the "ha’nted" house, utterly isolated, its fences gone long ago, rank weeds smothering the very doorsteps, the chimney crumbled to ruin, the window-sashes vacant, a corner of the roof caved in.

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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
  • Sid had better judgment than to utter the thought that was in his mind as he left the house.
  • He needn’t have repeated it; once was enough; Huck was making thirty or forty miles an hour before the repetition was uttered.

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  • The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away; saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last; saw the feeble flame rise and fall, climb the thin column of smoke, linger at its top a moment, and then—the horror of utter darkness reigned!
  • Huck was in a close place—the inquiring eye was upon him—he would have given anything for material for a plausible answer—nothing suggested itself—the inquiring eye was boring deeper and deeper—a senseless reply offered—there was no time to weigh it, so at a venture he uttered it—feebly: "Sunday-school books, maybe."
  • He put his hand there and uttered this incantation impressively: "What hasn’t come here, come!

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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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