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utter
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The House of Mirth
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • Lily stood apart from the general movement, feeling herself for the first time utterly alone.
  • For the first time in her life she found herself utterly alone except for Gerty Farish.

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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
  • She uttered a faint protest.
  • The remark was uttered with a little air of proprietorship not lost on its object, who concealed a faint blush of annoyance by stooping to pick up the book he had dropped at Lily’s approach.

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  • She rose, stretching her arms as if in utter physical weariness.
  • She uttered a smiling acceptance, hailing in the renewal of the tie an escape from Trenor’s importunities.
  • Lily uttered a faint laugh—for once Mrs. Fisher lacked originality.
  • He drew back, and she heard her name uttered with surprise.
  • Lily uttered no protest, and when he had paused to make sure of his change they emerged from the hotel and crossed Sixth Avenue again.
  • As she leaned back before him, her lids drooping in utter lassitude, though the first warm draught already tinged her face with returning life, Rosedale was seized afresh by the poignant surprise of her beauty.
  • These words, uttered by that experienced connoisseur, Mr. Ned Van Alstyne, whose scented white moustache had brushed Selden’s shoulder whenever the parting of the curtains presented any exceptional opportunity for the study of the female outline, affected their hearer in an unexpected way.
  • Selden evinced an extraordinary interest in her household arrangements: complimented her on the ingenuity with which she had utilized every inch of her small quarters, asked how her servant managed about afternoons out, learned that one may improvise delicious dinners in a chafing-dish, and uttered thoughtful generalizations on the burden of a large establishment.

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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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