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utter
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The Awakening
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • They saved her from starvation, as Madame Lebrun’s table was utterly impossible; and no one save so impertinent a woman as Madame Lebrun could think of offering such food to people and requiring them to pay for it.

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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 some utter nonsense; some adventure out there in the water, and they both tried to relate it at once.
  • Robert uttered a shrill, piercing whistle which might have been heard back at the wharf.

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  • "I’m very tired," she uttered, complainingly.
  • "What possesses him!" were some of the replies she gathered, uttered simultaneously in French and English.
  • He spoke with an animation and earnestness that gave an exaggerated importance to every syllable he uttered.
  • Then she stretched herself out there, never uttering a sound.
  • And she uttered a sigh that came from the very depths of her being.
  • After a moment or two she uttered a profound sigh and wiped her face with the handkerchief rolled in a ball.
  • He was not dreaming of scandal when he uttered this warning; that was a thing which would never have entered into his mind to consider in connection with his wife’s name or his own.

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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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