- Complete; absolute: Charlotte stared at her in utter amazementMore example sentences
complete, total, absolute, thorough, perfect, downright, out-and-out, outright, thoroughgoing, all-out, sheer, positive, prize, rank, pure, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed, real, veritable, consummate, categorical, unmitigated, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unequivocal, full, unlimited, limitless, infinite, ultimate• archaic arrant
- To walk into a bar even with a toy gun was an act of absolute and utter madness.
- You seem to have found a balance between absolute asceticism and utter hedonism.
- He looked back and there was Megan, standing at the door with a tear stained face, her expression showing pure and utter confusion and disbelief.
Old English ūtera, ūttra 'outer', comparative of ūt 'out'; compare with outer.
- 1Make (a sound) with one’s voice: he uttered an exasperated snortMore example sentences
- Stepping back, he opened his mouth to speak but could not utter a sound.
- The now familiar voice sounded yet a third time, uttering the first sound I heard after my prayer.
- Arthur opened his mouth to protest or demand an explanation - but let his mouth hang open without uttering a sound.
- 1.1Say (something) aloud: they are busily scribbling down every word she uttersMore example sentences
- She blinked stupidly at him, too shocked to utter a word.
- The threatening tone in which he uttered those words would once have made her flinch, but she did not.
- The little boy utters the same encouraging words she used to cheer him up.
- 2 Law Put (forged money) into circulation.More example sentences
- A day later he was granted bail for offences of conspiracy to utter counterfeit currency and conspiracy to defraud.
- That man, who had pleaded guilty to forging and uttering, filled out his electoral return wrongly, took money that he said he would not take, and filled in his ministerial return as being nil.
- There was one offence after the other: covering up the books, uttering, forging, and falsifying cheques, and on top of that there were five drink-driving convictions.
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- In his conception, representation comprised two essential elements, the visible and the utterable.
- The visible, rather than being subsidiary to the spoken word, repeatedly encompassed both the utterable and the unutterable.
- There is nothing she can say, for the cause of her anxiety is not utterable.
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- If we really believe that God speaks through the Church then of course we believe that the Church will utter things which even the utterer does not fully comprehend.
- In ‘The Discourse of History,’ Barthes parallels the objective type of historian's concealment of himself as utterer of his own discourse to that of the so called ‘realist’ novelist.
- New sets of words, new collocations of old phrases are new, whatever the expressed intention of the utterer.
late Middle English: from Middle Dutch ūteren 'speak, make known, give currency to coins'.