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Childhood's End
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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 utterly dark when Stormgren awoke.
  • The creeds that had been based upon miracles and revelations had collapsed utterly.

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  • Perhaps it was a momentary giddiness, for all around him remained utterly unchanged.
  • Though George had been determined to have a talk with the Inspector, he failed utterly.
  • The absence of a single familiar reference point can be utterly unnerving even to the coolest and clearest minds.
  • But they had not lived utterly in vain.
  • In the space of a few days, humanity had lost its future, for the heart of any race is destroyed, and its will to survive is utterly broken, when its children are taken from it.
  • As the years passed, the longing to see another human being might rise and overwhelm him, but for the present, the company of the Overlords prevented him from feeling utterly alone.
  • Utterly empty.
  • And one could never wholly allow for such utterly unpredictable events as the assassination of a key figure or the effects of some new scientific discovery-still less such natural catastrophes as earthquakes or floods, which might have a profound effect on large numbers of people and the social groups in which they lived.

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  • Many worlds have come to the crossroads of nuclear power, have avoided disaster, have gone on to build peaceful and happy civilizations-and have then been utterly destroyed by forces of which they knew nothing.
  • For what you have brought into the world may be utterly alien, it may share none of your desires or hopes, it may look upon your greatest achievements as childish toys-yet it is something wonderful, and you will have created 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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  • But the dream had never come true: behind that rectangle of darkness lay utter mystery.
  • For a while he waited until he had recovered his breath; then he uttered a single, heart-felt syllable: "Well?"

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  • The fact that he uttered the appropriate sounds, and made the expected responses, really proved nothing at all.
  • He did not know whether to be glad or fearful, and in his heart he uttered a silent prayer: "Thank you, Karellen, for whatever your people did for Jeff.

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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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