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utter
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The Age of Innocence
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Newland Archer could not pretend to anything approaching the young English actor’s romantic good looks, and Miss Dyas was a tall red-haired woman of monumental build whose pale and pleasantly ugly face was utterly unlike Ellen Olenska’s vivid countenance.
  • "New York—New York—but must it be especially New York?" he stammered, utterly unable to imagine what lucrative opening his native city could offer to a young man to whom good conversation appeared to be the only necessity.

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  • But Mrs. Carfry and her sister, to whom this point of view was unknown, and who would have found it utterly incomprehensible, felt themselves linked by an eternal gratitude to the "delightful Americans" who had been so kind at Botzen.
  • If any of my friends wish to urge me to change my mind, please tell them it would be utterly useless.

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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
  • It was undeniably exciting to meet a lady who found the van der Luydens’ Duke dull, and dared to utter the opinion.
  • Madame Olenska, again with a hand at her hair, uttered an exclamation of assent—a flashing "Gia—gia"—and the Duke of St. Austrey entered, piloting a tremendous blackwigged and red-plumed lady in overflowing furs.

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  • He did not move from his place, or raise his head from his hands; his hidden eyeballs went on staring into utter darkness.
  • He wondered what Mrs. Welland would have said if he had uttered the words instead of merely thinking them.
  • He turned away with a sense of utter weariness.
  • "You do your hair differently," he said, his heart beating as if he had uttered something irrevocable.
  • He understood it as clearly as if she had uttered the words, and the thought kept him anchored to his side of the table in a kind of moved and sacred submission.
  • He remembered a sneering prophecy of poor Lawrence Lefferts’s, uttered years ago in that very room: "If things go on at this rate, our children will be marrying Beaufort’s bastards."

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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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