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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • It was with the more amazement that he felt now, at the first glance at Katerina Ivanovna as she ran in to him, that he had perhaps been utterly mistaken.
  • Every feature was working in her utterly distorted face.

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  • Now for the second thing, but first a question: does the pain prevent you talking about utterly unimportant things, but talking sensibly?
  • All such questions are utterly inappropriate for a mind created with an idea of only three dimensions.
  • "They are both utterly crazy, they are no better than little children," Smerdyakov went on.
  • Would you believe it, I sometimes look at you and feel ashamed, utterly ashamed of myself….
  • "But that’s utterly impossible!" he cried, completely at a loss.
  • The Prosecutor Catches Mitya Something utterly unexpected and amazing to Mitya followed.
  • He had a strange dream, utterly out of keeping with the place and the time.
  • Father Ferapont, too, got up and crossing himself went back to his cell without looking round, still uttering exclamations which were utterly incoherent.

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  • And so I accept God and am glad to, and what’s more, I accept His wisdom, His purpose—which are utterly beyond our ken; I believe in the underlying order and the meaning of life; I believe in the eternal harmony in which they say we shall one day be blended.
  • But suddenly, as gently and mildly as a gentle and affectionate child, he began speaking to Fenya as though he had utterly forgotten how he had scared and hurt her just now.
  • And behold, instead of giving a firm foundation for setting the conscience of man at rest for ever, Thou didst choose all that is exceptional, vague and enigmatic; Thou didst choose what was utterly beyond the strength of men, acting as though Thou didst not love them at all—Thou who didst come to give Thy life for them!
  • And when I suddenly thought that I should really do nothing to him, and that he was laughing at me then, or perhaps had utterly forgotten me, I would fling myself on the floor, melt into helpless tears, and lie there shaking till dawn.
  • The poor fellow looked utterly crushed; there was a scared look in his eyes.
  • And long afterwards he remembered with wonder how those rings had riveted his attention through all those terrible hours of interrogation, so that he was utterly unable to tear himself away from them and dismiss them, as things that had nothing to do with his position.
  • Though these young men unhappily fail to understand that the sacrifice of life is, in many cases, the easiest of all sacrifices, and that to sacrifice, for instance, five or six years of their seething youth to hard and tedious study, if only to multiply tenfold their powers of serving the truth and the cause they have set before them as their goal—such a sacrifice is utterly beyond the strength of many of them.
  • What was insufferably humiliating was, that after leaving things of such importance and making such sacrifices, he, Mitya, utterly worn out, should with business of such urgency be standing over this dolt on whom his whole fate depended, while he snored as though there were nothing the matter, as though he’d dropped from another planet.
  • If it were possible to imagine simply for the sake of argument that those three questions of the dread spirit had perished utterly from the books, and that we had to restore them and to invent them anew, and to do so had gathered together all the wise men of the earth—rulers, chief priests, learned men, philosophers, poets—and had set them the task to invent three questions, such as would not only fit the occasion, but express in three words, three human phrases, the whole future…
  • After touching upon what had come out in the proceedings concerning the financial relations of father and son, and arguing again and again that it was utterly impossible, from the facts known, to determine which was in the wrong, Ippolit Kirillovitch passed to the evidence of the medical experts in reference to Mitya’s fixed idea about the three thousand owing him.
  • Then you ought, as your father’s son, to have had me taken to the lock-up and thrashed at once for my words then …. or at least, to have given me a punch in the face on the spot, but you were not a bit angry, if you please, and at once in a friendly way acted on my foolish word and went away, which was utterly absurd, for you ought to have stayed to save your parent’s life.
  • "It’s utterly impossible, Dmitri Fyodorovitch.

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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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  • Having uttered these words Dmitri ceased speaking as suddenly as he had begun.
  • He only listened to Grigory’s minute and solemn account of the erection of the tomb; he stood with bowed head and walked away without uttering a word.

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  • As he uttered the last word of his tirade, Miuesov completely recovered his self-complacency, and all traces of his former irritation disappeared.
  • Oh, since you have been so good as to let us see you once more to-day, let me tell you what I could not utter last time, what I dared not say, all I am suffering and have been for so long!
  • She turned and disappeared behind the portiere so quickly that Alyosha had not time to utter a word, though he wanted to speak.
  • She could hardly speak, and only from time to time uttered an inarticulate grunt.
  • He uttered the last words in a sort of exaltation.
  • Seeing this, Dmitri uttered a scream rather than a shout and rushed at Grigory.
  • For his opinion had struck him as awfully foolish immediately after he had uttered it.
  • The last words she uttered in tears.

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  • Father Paissy, too, uttered some words of exhortation which moved and surprised him greatly.
  • Alyosha was carried away with joy as he uttered his last words, "And then he will take it!"
  • Over the hurdle in the garden, Dmitri, mounted on something, was leaning forward, gesticulating violently, beckoning to him, obviously afraid to utter a word for fear of being overheard.
  • The beekeeper, who lived close by the apiary, used to bring him the bread every three days, and even to this man who waited upon him, Father Ferapont rarely uttered a word.
  • But as soon as he had uttered his foolish tirade, he felt he had been talking absurd nonsense, and at once longed to prove to his audience, and above all to himself, that he had not been talking nonsense.
  • Maybe, remembering this great day, you will not forget my words, uttered from the heart for your guidance, seeing you are young, and the temptations of the world are great and beyond your strength to endure.
  • The word "lacerating," which Madame Hohlakov had just uttered, almost made him start, because half waking up towards daybreak that night he had cried out "Laceration, laceration," probably applying it to his dream.
  • On very rare occasions, however, he would talk to visitors, but for the most part he would utter some one strange saying which was a complete riddle, and no entreaties would induce him to pronounce a word in explanation.
  • Father Ferapont, too, got up and crossing himself went back to his cell without looking round, still uttering exclamations which were utterly incoherent.
  • At the last phrase he had suddenly become hopelessly aware that it had all fallen flat, above all, that he had been talking utter nonsense.
  • Yet, after prolonged exertions, he could only succeed in getting the drunken man to utter absurd grunts, and violent, but inarticulate oaths.
  • But without giving the terror-stricken Fenya time to utter a word, he fell all of a heap at her feet.
  • Mitya was silent, and though Andrey was, as a rule, a talkative peasant, he did not utter a word, either.
  • All these details produced an overwhelming effect on the distracted lady, who kept uttering shrieks, and covering her face with her hands….
  • Of his teaching and opinions we find brought together sayings evidently uttered on very different occasions.
  • She uttered the last words in an hysterical scream, but broke down again, hid her face in her hands, buried it in the pillow and shook with sobs.
  • He stretched out his hands, uttered a cry and waked up.
  • Fenya uttered a piercing shriek on seeing him.
  • Seeing him with his face all smeared with blood, the young man uttered a cry of surprise.
  • But before he had uttered the words, Vrublevsky, with a confused and infuriated face, shook his fist at Grushenka, shouting: "You low harlot!"
  • But he had hardly uttered the name, when the lady’s face showed signs of acute irritation.
  • Mitya uttered his sudden monologue as though he were determined to be absolutely silent for the future.
  • Having uttered these words Mitya sat down again on his chair.
  • Twitching all over, he even uttered a plaintive whine.
  • Alyosha glanced at him, uncovering his face, which was swollen with crying like a child’s, but turned away at once without uttering a word and hid his face in his hands again.
  • He stood facing her, pale as death, unable to utter a word, but his eyes showed that he realized it all, all, from the first word, and guessed the whole position.
  • Seeing that Alyosha Karamazov put his fingers in his ears when they talked of "that," they used sometimes to crowd round him, pull his hands away, and shout nastiness into both ears, while he struggled, slipped to the floor, tried to hide himself without uttering one word of abuse, enduring their insults in silence.
  • On the way, Marya Kondratyevna remembered that at about eight o’clock she heard a dreadful scream from their garden, and this was no doubt Grigory’s scream, "Parricide!" uttered when he caught hold of Mitya’s leg.
  • When Mitya had gone, Kuzma Kuzmitch, white with rage, turned to his son and bade him see to it that that beggar be never seen again, and never admitted even into the yard, or else he’d— He did not utter his threat.
  • Ilusha smiled a pitiful little smile, still unable to utter a word.
  • "Of my words later," Ivan broke in again, apparently with complete self-possession, firmly uttering his words, and not shouting as before.
  • You have uttered my thought; they love crime, every one loves crime, they love it always, not at some ’moments.’
  • Mitya was almost gasping for breath as he uttered his wild speech.
  • He uttered one plaintive "O—oh!" and then was silent.
  • I don’t remember any threat uttered by him against his father.
  • He certainly never uttered any such threat before me.
  • Mitya uttered a cry and struggled to get to her.
  • Do you hear that phrase uttered with such premature haste—’if not I’—the animal cunning, the naivete, the Karamazov impatience of it?
  • Some word might have been uttered by Fyodor Pavlovitch, some exclamation which showed the prisoner that she was not there.
  • She was getting up from her place, but suddenly uttered a loud scream and staggered back.
  • Then he uttered a deep sigh, again stood still a moment, walked carelessly up to the looking-glass on the wall, with his right hand raised the red bandage on his forehead a little, and began examining his bruises and scars, which had not yet disappeared.
  • Fetyukovitch did not so much as reply; he only mounted the tribune to lay his hand on his heart and, with an offended voice, utter a few words full of dignity.
  • He heard nothing but revolting talk and vicious precepts uttered daily over the brandy, and at last he saw his father seducing his mistress from him with his own money.
  • "Do you know, Alyosha," he peeped inquisitively into his eyes, absorbed in a sudden new thought which had dawned on him, and though he was laughing outwardly he was evidently afraid to utter that new idea aloud, so difficult he still found it to believe in the strange and unexpected mood in which he now saw Alyosha.
  • Almost every one in the town was aware, by the way, that the famous doctor had, within the first two or three days of his presence among us, uttered some extremely offensive allusions to Doctor Herzenstube’s qualifications.
  • As for the prosecutor’s charge of uttering unorthodox opinions, Fetyukovitch hinted that it was a personal insinuation and that he had expected in this court to be secure from accusations "damaging to my reputation as a citizen and a loyal subject."
  • "If you could, for instance …. send …. your patient …. at once, without delay" (the words "at once, without delay," the doctor uttered with an almost wrathful sternness that made the captain start) "to Syracuse, the change to the new be-ne-ficial climatic conditions might possibly effect—"
  • That you should utter a word about her is an outrage, and I won’t permit it!"
  • Can you conceive that a man like that, on receiving that sum and in such a way, at the price of such shame, such disgrace, such utter degradation, could have been capable that very day of setting apart half that sum, that very day, and sewing it up in a little bag, and would have had the firmness of character to carry it about with him for a whole month afterwards, in spite of every temptation and his extreme need of it!
  • "It was said of old, ’Many have begun to speak against me and have uttered evil sayings about me.
  • I’ve got it at home in the town," faltered Mitya, his spirit sinking at every word he uttered.
  • "And if I’ve ceased to be a Christian, then I told no lie to the enemy when they asked whether I was a Christian or not a Christian, seeing I had already been relieved by God Himself of my Christianity by reason of the thought alone, before I had time to utter a word to the enemy.
  • Alas! it never entered Mitya’s head to tell them, though he remembered it, that he had jumped back from pity, and standing over the prostrate figure had even uttered some words of regret: "You’ve come to grief, old man—there’s no help for it.

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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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