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utter
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Harry Potter (#4) and the Goblet of Fire
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Words utterly failed Uncle Vernon.
  • He glanced at Hermione, who looked utterly unsurprised by the information.

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  • Draco Malfoy was standing alone nearby, leaning against a tree, looking utterly relaxed.
  • He wanted to attend the feast — well, it’s quite out of the question, you know what he’s like, utterly uncivilized, can’t see a plate of food without throwing it.
  • He pulled out the Sneako-scope and handed the socks to Dobby, saying, "Sorry, I forgot to wrap themů" But Dobby was utterly delighted.
  • He looked utterly mad.
  • Utterly perplexed.

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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
  • Uncle Vernon looked as outraged as if Harry had just uttered a disgusting swearword.
  • And then, without warning, the silence was rent by a voice unlike any they had heard in the wood; and it uttered, not a panicked shout, but what sounded like a spell.

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  • And for his Fire-bolt, he needed "Hermione," Harry whispered, when he had sped into greenhouse three minutes later, uttering a hurried apology to Professor Sprout as he passed her.
  • "How can you be worrying about her now?" said Ron, in utter disbelief.
  • Harry turned to the wizard next to him on the bench and uttered a loud cry of surprise that reverberated around the silent room.

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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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