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The Fountainhead
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • "Well, I’ve always heard, from everybody, that he’s a sort of saint, the one pure idealist, utterly incorruptible and…"
  • It’s unnatural at her age, with her looks, with the kind of utterly unrestricted existence that she leads.

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  • The more monstrous because you’re utterly innocent about it.
  • Only, I was thinking, I was never any great shakes in high school, and, darling, I’m really quite utterly lousy at mathematics, and so I wonder…but then, there’s no hurry, I’ve got plenty of time to decide.
  • You’re always so…so utterly beautiful.
  • Isn’t that the utterly wrong thing for you to say?
  • Quite apart from some of the language you use and some of your utterly unprintable ideas, you know very well the stand this paper has taken on the case.
  • Well, that’s what’s hanging over the world, prowling somewhere through mankind, that same thing, something closed, mindless, utterly wanton, but something with an aim and a cunning of its own.
  • You are utterly incapable of grasping principles, Peter.
  • Do forgive me, I know this is in utterly bad taste, but I’ve waited for it for thirteen years and I think I can permit myself five minutes as a reward.

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  • Utterly.
  • "I’m sorry," said Mrs. Wayne Wilmot, "but I’m not accustomed to dealing with a person utterly incapable of reason.
  • He knew he would hear no simple, confessing helplessness in her voice; he knew the intimacy was ended, even though her words, when she spoke, were more intimate and revealing than anything she had said; but she spoke as if she did not care what she revealed or to whom: "I suppose I’m one of those freaks you hear about, an utterly frigid woman.

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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
  • Because you knew what to pick out of all the rubbish I uttered.
  • "Well, you know how it is," said Keating brightly, hoping that the commonplace he was about to utter would close the subject.

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  • Keating thought with relief that there was nothing frightening about her; there was only a disquieting contrast between her words and the candid innocence of the manner she used to utter them; he did not know which to trust.
  • It was in the air of the room, like an overture to the words Weidler uttered, and Roark was not certain of the moment when he heard them, because he thought he had heard them the instant he entered.
  • People voiced indignant objections to his choice of architect; Jimmy uttered no word of explanation or self-defense; he said politely: "Maybe so, folks, maybe so," and proceeded to have Roark build his station.
  • Davis relaxed and let himself be carried along; he smoked a great deal, he lolled about, his legs twisted loosely over the rungs of a stool, his eyes closed, dreaming of Elaine; he uttered once in a while: "Is the stuff ready, Pete?"
  • Then Toohey—who had stood calmly while a bullet struck an inch from his face against the glass of the entrance door below—uttered one word and the word seemed to fall at his feet, heavy with fear: "Why?"
  • He’s defiled his own work by the first word you’ll utter about it.
  • Mr. Sutton wanted desperately to utter the justifications, but it seemed pointless to try to convince a man who seemed convinced.
  • He remembered the indifferent calm of her insults to him—the utter contempt of insults delivered without anger.

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  • You missed the beautiful pride of utter selflessness.
  • You want—men do that sometimes, not women—to express through the sexual act your utter contempt for me.
  • By the manner in which Toohey stopped, on a half-uttered word, Keating knew that Dominique had not been invited or expected.
  • He uttered an expression that struck her white and made her blush fifteen minutes later, when she grasped it fully.
  • He uttered only: "Why?"
  • Then Wynand picked up a copy of the Banner left by someone on a table, tore his own photograph from page 3, clipped it to a hundred-dollar bill, handed it to the truck driver and walked out before anyone could utter a word.
  • She thought that he wanted her to be first to name it, he would bring her to the humiliation of accepting the past—by being first to utter the word recalling it to reality; because he knew that she could not leave it unrecalled.
  • He wore them with the careless impertinence of utter ease in the unbecoming, and the very grotesqueness of his appearance became a declaration of his superiority, a superiority great enough to warrant disregard of so much ungainliness.
  • She listened emptily to empty words uttered as if the speaker would be insulted by any sign of enthusiastic interest from his listener, as if only boredom were the only bond possible between people, the only preservative of their precarious dignity.
  • He waited, and then the plea he knew he must not utter came out as: "I’m scared, Howard…" Roark shook his head.
  • Scarret uttered it solemnly, with the air of imparting a discovery.
  • I’m an utter egotist.
  • If we weren’t overawed by Mrs. Wynand’s social position and the so-called prestige of her husband—who’s making an utter fool of himself—we’d ask a few question about the story that she almost lost her life in the disaster.
  • # Hopton Stoddard added a generous sum to the award he had won from Roark, and the Stoddard Temple was rebuilt for its new purpose by a group of architects chosen by Ellsworth Toohey: Peter Keating, Gordon L. Prescott, John Erik Snyte and somebody named Gus Webb, a boy of twenty-four who liked to utter obscenities when passing well-bred women on the street, and who had never handled an architectural commission of his own.
  • It was an air of inanities uttered as revelations and insolently demanding acceptance as such; an air, not of innocent presumption, but of conscious effrontery; as if the author knew the nature of his work and boasted of his power to make it appear sublime in the minds of his audience and thus destroy the capacity for the sublime within them.
  • …the sensations one felt in dreams were so much more intense than anything one could experience in waking reality—why the horror was so total and the ecstasy so complete—and what was that extra quality which could never be recaptured afterward; the quality of what he felt when he walked down a path through tangled green leaves in a dream, in an air full of expectation, of causeless, utter rapture—and when he awakened he could not explain it, it had been just a path through some woods.
  • "No," she said, before he could utter a word, "you can’t take me home.
  • He would mutter: "Well, now, not mullions, of course, that’s utter rubbish, but couldn’t you give her a cornice, Mr. Roark, to keep peace in the family?
  • Somebody ought to warn you against me," he said to people, in the tone of uttering the most preposterous thing in the world.
  • Through utter hell, Dominique.
  • The gay mockery, the tone of uttering the most preposterous thing he could think of, told her how far he was from guessing the rest.
  • He found no answer, and while he groped for something gay to utter, she added: "Petey, why don’t you…why don’t you marry Catherine Halsey?"

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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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