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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • She realized that she had permitted herself the utterly relaxing sleep of great fatigue, and this suggested something of her own unconscious assessment on personal security within Stilgar’s troop.
  • Have I failed utterly?

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  • And Chani’s words of caution, whispered at night when her fear for him overcame her, filled his mind: "When you take your stand along the maker’s path, you must remain utterly still.

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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
  • By uttering the words, by being there, she made herself infinitely worth their fighting.
  • Her command had been regal, preemptory—uttered in a tone and manner he had found completely irresistible.

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  • Quite suddenly, the Baron’s mind could conceive of nothing more beautiful than that utter emptiness of black.
  • Don’t waste the population, merely drive them into utter submission.
  • Gently, he lowered her to the sand, uttered the word to bring her out of the catalepsis.
  • Night was beginning to utter its shadows along the distant rocks and the dunes.
  • They were cheering with utter abandon.
  • Paul felt Chani’s hand on his arm, heard a faint dripping sound in the chill air, felt an utter stillness come over the Fremen in the cathedral presence of water.
  • Presently, Harah uttered the ritual ending to the ceremony, giving the words a harshness that Jessica had never before heard in them.
  • The words had been uttered with the Bene Gesserit controlled atonals, carrying in it every shade of contempt and scorn that Paul could put there.

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  • Utter stillness gripped the cavern.
  • Paul staggered as the old man sagged in his arms, felt the death there, the utter flaccidity.
  • If this one’s been prepared, as I strongly suspect, that word uttered in his ear will render his muscles flaccid and —"

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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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