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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • But he was on his feet again in a second and made another dash, now utterly bewildered, right under the nearest of the coming horses.
  • Between this and that, I was so utterly terrified of the blind beggar that I forgot my terror of the captain, and as I opened the parlour door, cried out the words he had ordered in a trembling voice.

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  • Our position was utterly reversed.
  • Although the breeze had now utterly ceased, we had made a great deal of way during the night and were now lying becalmed about half a mile to the south-east of the low eastern coast.

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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
  • His words, spirited as they were in meaning, contrasted sadly with the weakness of the voice in which they were uttered.
  • Poor old fellow, he had not uttered one word of surprise, complaint, fear, or even acquiescence from the very beginning of our troubles till now, when we had laid him down in the log-house to die.

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  • All he could do was to utter one word, "Brandy."

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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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