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utter -- as in: utter a complaint
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as in: utter a complaint Define
say something aloud
  • I was too shocked to utter a complaint.
  • The decision was made before I could utter an opinion.
  • When they found voice to speak, it was at first only to utter remarks and inquiries such as any two acquaintances might have made, about the gloomy sky, the threatening storm, and, next, the health of each.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Only old Benjamin refused to grow enthusiastic about the windmill, though, as usual, he would utter nothing beyond the cryptic remark that donkeys live a long time.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm

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  • Harry saw his lips moving soundlessly, undoubtedly framing the insults he was now forbidden to utter.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • But even as I utter the words, I feel my insides contracting with anxiety and guilt at the sight of her...
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • She did not have time, for Viktor Chemmel was on top of Rudy before she could utter a word.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I utter my first words since my sister’s death.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Sometimes, seized with sudden agony, he could not continue his tale; at others, his voice broken, yet piercing, uttered with difficulty the words so replete with anguish.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was apparent that she was uttering a prayer.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • ’Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge,’ Sir Philip Sidney said.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • At this point Miss Baker said: "Absolutely!" with such suddenness that I started — it was the first word she uttered since I came into the room.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ...and a clear voice utters words that bring me peace,
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • An apparently disembodied voice spoke to us all by name, uttering certain precise accusations against us.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • ...he died as he lived, uttering, with his dying groans, bitter curses and horrid oaths.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • She was pleading with him, in broken phrases, painfully uttered: "Have faith in me!"
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • We spend the rest of the night taking turns expressing how we feel without uttering a single word.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The side of his mouth I can see opens as if to utter an exclamation.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She uttered a quick exclamation of pleasure.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He passed through and immediately uttered an exclamation of satisfaction.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It was merely a few words of encouragement, the sort of words that are uttered in the din of battle, not distinguishable individually but restoring confidence by the fact of being spoken.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • From time to time Winston caught some such remark as ’I think you’re so right, I do so agree with you’, uttered in a youthful and rather silly feminine voice.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She uttered a cry of joy: "True!"
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • There did not seem to be any further question that he wanted to ask: still less did he feel any impulse to utter high-sounding generalities.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Before anyone has time to register what lies beneath the words I have just uttered.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • She uttered some words in a loud voice, and the youth joined her, who also expressed surprise.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But suddenly she uttered a cry.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • A number of The Times which might, because of changes in political alignment, or mistaken prophecies uttered by Big Brother, have been rewritten a dozen times still stood on the files bearing its original date, and no other copy existed to contradict it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Before eyebrows are raised, objections are uttered, two and two are put together, and the solution is that I should be kept as far away from the Capitol as possible.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • But they were uttered only within his imagination.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • His notes are never true, and his fiddle buzzes on the low ones and squeaks and scratches on the high; but these things they heed no more than they heed the dirt and noise and squalor about them—it is out of this material that they have to build their lives, with it that they have to utter their souls.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • There can be, if I forbode aright, no power, short of the Divine mercy, to disclose, whether by uttered words, or by type or emblem, the secrets that may be buried in the human heart.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The unfortunate physician, while uttering these words, lifted his hands with a look of horror, as if he had beheld some frightful shape, which he could not recognise, usurping the place of his own image in a glass.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Their pronunciation was quick, and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The very decided manner with which he spoke, and strove to impress his wife with the evil consequences of giving me instruction, served to convince me that he was deeply sensible of the truths he was uttering.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I have been frequently asked, when a slave, if I had a kind master, and do not remember ever to have given a negative answer; nor did I, in pursuing this course, consider myself as uttering what was absolutely false; for I always measured the kindness of my master by the standard of kindness set up among slaveholders around us.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He sank his voice, like someone who is obliged for medical reasons to utter an obscenity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery; but while they relieved me of one difficulty, they brought on another even more painful than the one of which I was relieved.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • He had got to ask it, and yet it was as though his tongue would not utter it.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And by the time the sheep had quieted down, the chance to utter any protest had passed, for the pigs had marched back into the farmhouse.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • And then, quite suddenly, the idea came to me-started by a chance remark uttered during casual conversation.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Her friend uttered a cry.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • Yet, uttering his long-restrained emotions so vehemently as he did, his words here offered her the very point of circumstances in which to interpose what she came to say.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I uttered an exclamation, leant over the cliff, told him to look, wasn’t that the mouth of a cave?
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • When he heard the sound of my approach, he ceased to utter exclamations of grief and horror and sprung towards the window.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The monster continued to utter wild and incoherent self-reproaches.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It was of course possible to utter heresies of a very crude kind, a species of blasphemy.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He became simply a mouth that uttered, a hand that signed, whatever was demanded of him.
    George Orwell  --  1984
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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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