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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • In some way that she could not understand, her plans of last night had failed utterly so far as Ashley was concerned.
  • Rumor had it that Captain Butler was one of the best pilots in the South and that he was reckless and utterly without nerves.

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  • And she knew that this was utterly wrong, knew she should be shocked and infuriated.
  • Just at this moment, nothing mattered to her except that she looked utterly charming in the first pretty hat she had put on her head in two years.
  • The piano was silent again for she was utterly at a loss.
  • "Oh, well," said Scarlett, on whom military strategy was utterly lost.
  • The night was utterly still.
  • They were all beautiful with the blinding beauty that transfigures even the plainest woman when she is utterly protected and utterly loved and is giving back that love a thousandfold.
  • They were all beautiful with the blinding beauty that transfigures even the plainest woman when she is utterly protected and utterly loved and is giving back that love a thousandfold.
  • "How is Cade?" asked Scarlett, utterly at a loss but fumbling for some words to break the awkward silence.

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  • But the deadly quietness of his voice frightened her, left her utterly at a loss as to her next move.
  • He was utterly lacking in the aggressiveness needed in these new bitter times.
  • If all her capacity to feel had not been utterly exhausted, something in her would have protested against the plan taking form in her mind, for she hated Rhett as she hated no other person in all the world.
  • But then Melly was utterly silly about the Confederacy, its veterans, and anything pertaining to them.
  • Scarlett was so bewildered and infuriated at these slights that the party was utterly ruined for her.
  • The reason is that she’s the first person who’s ever belonged utterly to me.
  • The house was utterly still and the stillness soaked into her like a fine chill rain.
  • Suddenly she thought of Ashley, saw him as vividly as though he stood beside her, sunny haired, drowsy eyed, full of dignity, so utterly different from Rhett.
  • But they were all well mannered, beautifully tailored, and they evidently admired her, so it mattered little to Scarlett that they chose to live utterly in the present.
  • She was a handsome woman, to be sure, but all that pretty, sweet softness had gone from her face and that flattering way of looking up at a man, like he knew more than God Almighty, had utterly vanished.
  • This was the first time they had been utterly alone since the cold day in the orchard at Tara, the first time their hands had met in any but formal gestures, and through the long months she had hungered for closer contact.
  • So their unthinking insults to her state, her people and their morals, glanced off and never struck deep enough to cause her more than a well-concealed sneer until an incident occurred which made her sick with rage and showed her, if she needed any showing, how wide was the gap between North and South and how utterly impossible it was to bridge it.
  • At her words, his grip tightened and he began speaking rapidly, hoarsely, babbling as though to a grave which would never give up its secrets, babbling the truth for the first time in his life, baring himself mercilessly to Melanie who was at first, utterly uncomprehending, utterly maternal.
  • At her words, his grip tightened and he began speaking rapidly, hoarsely, babbling as though to a grave which would never give up its secrets, babbling the truth for the first time in his life, baring himself mercilessly to Melanie who was at first, utterly uncomprehending, utterly maternal.
  • His somber gaze went past her and in his eyes was the same look she had seen in the light of the flames the night Atlanta fell, when he told her he was going off with the retreating army—the surprise of a man who knows himself utterly, yet discovers in himself unexpected loyalties and emotions and feels a faint self-ridicule at the discovery.
  • And, for once in his life, he was utterly humble when Ellen, very white but very calm, put a light hand on his arm and said: "I will marry you, Mr. O’Hara.
  • Charlie!" sobbed Pittypat, surrendering utterly to the pleasure of her grief and burying her head on Melly’s shoulder.
  • There is a certain swinish comfort in being with a woman who loves you utterly and respects you for being a fine gentleman—even if she is an illiterate whore.

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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 only from life could Ellen’s face have acquired its look of pride that had no haughtiness, its graciousness, its melancholy and its utter lack of humor.
  • To her, Ellen represented the utter security that only Heaven or a mother can give.

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  • He stood alone, since Mr. Wilkes had left his side, and had uttered no word as the conversation grew hotter.
  • She dropped her eyes to her plate and nibbled daintily on a beaten biscuit with an elegance and an utter lack of appetite that would have won Mammy’s approval.
  • "Why, Scarlett!" said Ashley’s voice, breaking in through the roaring in her ears and throwing her into utter confusion.
  • Nothing had ever startled or frightened her so much, and her mouth went too dry for her to utter a sound.
  • Her temper was beginning to rise again at the thought that this rude and impertinent man had heard everything—heard things she now wished she had died before she ever uttered.
  • She did not tell them that it was utter boredom, bewilderment at actually being a mother and, most of all, the absence of Ashley that made her look so woebegone.
  • Uncle Henry was a short, pot-bellied, irascible old gentleman with a pink face, a shock of long silver hair and an utter lack of patience with feminine timidities and vaporings.
  • He had an air of utter assurance, of displeasing insolence about him, and there was a twinkle of malice in his bold eyes as he stared at Scarlett, until finally, feeling his gaze, she looked toward him.

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  • Her sweet sympathy and her bright-eyed interest in every word he uttered were balm upon the wound left by Suellen’s supposed defection.
  • She could not bring herself to utter any word to the Yankees, either of pleading, protest or anger.
  • You have the heart of a lion and an utter lack of imagination and I envy you both of those qualities.
  • I love you, your courage and your stubbornness and your fire and your utter ruthlessness.
  • His inexperience, his errors, his utter lack of business judgment and his scruples about close dealing were the same as Hugh’s.
  • Up the stairs he went in the utter darkness, up, up, and she was wild with fear.
  • But the forceful words she uttered were foreign to Melanie who seldom voiced an opinion at all and never an unkind word.
  • When he had assured himself of her seat, her hands, her utter fearlessness, Rhett decided that the time had come for her to learn to make the low jumps that were within the reach of Mr. Butler’s short legs.
  • Had Scarlett been possessed of such an anger, she would have been stamping both feet and roaring like Gerald in his finest days, calling on God to witness the accursed duplicity and knavishness of mankind and uttering blood-curdling threats of retaliation.
  • But I want the outer semblance of the things I used to know, the utter boredom of respectability—other people’s respectability, my pet, not my own—the calm dignity life can have when it’s lived by gentle folks, the genial grace of days that are gone.
  • To save her own reputation and his wife’s happiness, India had to be sacrificed, forced into the light of a lying, half-crazed, jealous old maid—India who was absolutely justified in every suspicion she had ever harbored and every accusing word she had uttered.
  • From the shadows, Scarlett glared at her, too tired to rail, too tired to upbraid, too tired to enumerate Prissy’s offenses—her boastful assumption of experience she didn’t possess, her fright, her blundering awkwardness, her utter inefficiency when the emergency was hot, the misplacing of the scissors, the spilling of the basin of water on the bed, the dropping of the new born baby.
  • She had never received from him anything but the kindest treatment, thoughtfulness, utter respect and what understanding! And then, how he loved Scarlett! How sweet of him to take this roundabout way of sparing Scarlett one of the loads she carried! In an impulsive rush of feeling, she said: "Scarlett’s lucky to have a husband who’s so nice to her!"
  • Plantations don’t amount to anything when—" She was going to say "when you haven’t the man you want," but Gerald, incensed by the cavalier way in which she treated his proffered gift, the thing which, next to Ellen, he loved best in the whole world uttered a roar.

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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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