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utterance

1
[uht-er-uh ns]
noun
  1. an act of uttering; vocal expression.
  2. manner of speaking; power of speaking: His very utterance was spellbinding.
  3. something uttered; a word or words uttered; a cry, animal's call, or the like.
  4. Linguistics. any speech sequence consisting of one or more words and preceded and followed by silence: it may be coextensive with a sentence.
  5. Obsolete. a public sale of goods.
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Origin of utterance

1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at utter1, -ance

utterance

2
[uht-er-uh ns]
noun Archaic.
  1. the utmost extremity, especially death.
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Origin of utterance

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French outrance, oultrance, equivalent to oultr(er) to pass beyond (< Latin ultrā beyond) + -ance -ance
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Related Words for utterances

pronouncement, assertion, saying, sentence, ejaculation, vent, rant, announcement, discourse, speech, oration, statement, reply, vociferation, speaking, articulation, delivery, vocalization, recitation, words

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British Dictionary definitions for utterances

utterance

1
noun
  1. something uttered, such as a statement
  2. the act or power of uttering or the ability to utter
  3. logic philosophy an element of spoken language, esp a sentenceCompare inscription (def. 4)
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utterance

2
noun
  1. archaic, or literary the bitter end (esp in the phrase to the utterance)
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Word Origin for utterance

C13: from Old French oultrance, from oultrer to carry to excess, from Latin ultrā beyond
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Word Origin and History for utterances

utterance

n.

"that which is uttered," mid-15c., from utter (v.) + -ance.

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