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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • She was indignant that Carol should not be utterly fulfilled in having borne Kennicott’s child.
  • How utterly absurd!

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  • Now she lay across the bed, in crumpled lavender cotton and shabby pumps, very feminine, utterly cowed.
  • Though she should return, she said, she would not be utterly defeated.
  • From the front, Howland & Gould’s grocery was smug enough, but attached to the rear was a lean-to of storm streaked pine lumber with a sanded tar roof—a staggering doubtful shed behind which was a heap of ashes, splintered packing-boxes, shreds of excelsior, crumpled straw-board, broken olive-bottles, rotten fruit, and utterly disintegrated vegetables: orange carrots turning black, and potatoes with ulcers.

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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
  • She did not utter them so compactly that they can be given in her words; they were roughened with "Well, you see" and "if you get what I mean" and "I don’t know that I’m making myself clear."
  • With unusual solicitude he uttered his stock phrase, "Well, what seems to be the matter, Maud?"

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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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