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utter
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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • He had been utterly terrified to find a portrait talking to him, though this had been nothing to how he felt when a self-proclaimed wizard had bounced out of the fireplace and shaken his hand.

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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
  • Hermione’s face became stonier with every word he uttered.
  • "You see," Dumbledore said, turning back to Harry and again speaking as though Uncle Vernon had not uttered, "if you have indeed inherited the house, you have also inherited —" He flicked his wand for a fifth time.

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  • Typically, ten minutes into the lesson Hermione managed to repel Neville’s muttered Jelly-Legs Jinx without uttering a single word, a feat that would surely have earned her twenty points for Gryffindor from any reasonable teacher, thought Harry bitterly, but which Snape ignored.
  • There, to his utter astonishment, was Tonks, walking toward him as though she frequently strolled up this corridor.
  • Harry uttered an inarticulate yell of rage: In that instant, he cared not whether he lived or died.

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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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