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utter -- as in: utter stupidity
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
  • She suffered utter devastation when her child died in the accident.
  • The company is in danger of utter collapse.
  • She is utterly insane!
  • Which best describes her attitude toward him:
    1. affection but not genuine love
    2. respect but not utter deference

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  • I am utterly astonished!
  • He kept vigils, likewise, night after night, sometimes in utter darkness, sometimes with a glimmering lamp, and sometimes, viewing his own face in a looking-glass, by the most powerful light which he could throw upon it.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He had the feeling of sitting in utter loneliness.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I was sure the request would be something utterly fantastic, and for a moment I was sorry I’d ever set foot upon his overpopulated lawn.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He looked over his shoulder as Jack had done at the close ways behind him and glanced swiftly round to confirm that he was utterly alone.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • We are all utterly at a loss.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • ’It’s utterly impossible,’ said Veruca Salt.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • What utter rubbish! How dare you tell such lies!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • But to Harry’s and Ron’s utter amazement, stage one of the operation went just as smoothly as Hermione had said.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • It’s utter nonsense, if Dumbledore needed work doing, he had the whole Order at his command!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the north, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • That is the only word to describe it; it was so cruel, and so utterly not to be foreseen.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Cinna was right about the minimal makeup, we both look more attractive but utterly recognizable.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Have no fear now—we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Still there were no words, and when Liesel found the courage to face her, the woman wore an expression not of reproach, but utter distance.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • (With utter gentleness—) Now—whose little old angry man are you?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • I know Haymitch would have come to my defense if he hadn’t been utterly unprepared.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • An absolute and utter hopelessness overwhelmed him.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • All he knew was that he was safe from his enemy, the sea, and that utter weariness was on him.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • But laced through it all was the dark feeling of utter hopelessness, like the world had ended for him, had been wiped from his memory and replaced with something awful.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • With that threat, he spins me around to face him and he shakes my shoulders, glaring at me with utter disappointment.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • So deep a stain, indeed, that his dry old bones, in the Charter-street burial-ground, must still retain it, if they have not crumbled utterly to dust!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Yet, although unhappy, he is not so utterly occupied by his own misery but that he interests himself deeply in the projects of others.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Beside us lies a fair-headed recruit in utter terror.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • "I personally would be utterly bamboozled by all those buttons and knobs," said Dedalus.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Dursleys, who had listened to all of this with looks of utter incomprehension on their faces, jumped as a loud voice screeched, "Hurry up!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • When he was set upon, he was slapped and clawed and obliterated by a girl who was utterly consumed with rage.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Only one person could have designed the outfit, at first glance utterly utilitarian, at second a work of art.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I was utterly astonished at her goodness.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • And his woman say—(In utter anguish as he brings his fists down on his thighs)—Your eggs is getting cold!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • He might dissect, anatomize, and give names; but, not to speak of a final cause, causes in their secondary and tertiary grades were utterly unknown to him.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • A tear seemed to dim her eye when she saw us, but she quickly recovered herself, and a look of sorrowful affection seemed to attest her utter guiltlessness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Not that the Surveyor brought the lesson home to himself, or admitted that he could be so utterly undone, either by continuance in office or ejectment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "Every minute," continued M. Krempe with warmth, "every instant that you have wasted on those books is utterly and entirely lost."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • "Yes, they’re here," said Hermione, and to Harry and Ron’s utter astonishment, she pulled out a pair of jeans, a sweatshirt, some maroon socks, and finally the silvery Invisibility Cloak.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I couldn’t guess what Daisy and Tom were thinking, but I doubt if even Miss Baker, who seemed to have mastered a certain hardy scepticism, was able utterly to put this fifth guest’s shrill metallic urgency out of mind.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which would give an air of delirium to a tale otherwise so utterly improbable.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • For the whole of the first day they wandered about in the midst of deafening confusion, utterly lost; and it was only at night that, cowering in the doorway of a house, they were finally discovered and taken by a policeman to the station.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Is he actually so utterly indifferent for my life?’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Utterly preposterous as his cravat was, and as his collars were, I was conscious of a sort of dignity in the look.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He was utterly miserable, and perhaps (her shining eyes accused him), perhaps it was his own fault.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • So far, things were utterly dull: nobody had thundered, there were no arguments between opposing counsel, there was no drama; a grave disappointment to all present, it seemed.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • He is utterly certain of his destiny, and there is an aura of far places about him.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
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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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