- an act of uttering; vocal expression.
- manner of speaking; power of speaking: His very utterance was spellbinding.
- something uttered; a word or words uttered; a cry, animal's call, or the like.
- Linguistics. any speech sequence consisting of one or more words and preceded and followed by silence: it may be coextensive with a sentence.
- Obsolete. a public sale of goods.
Origin of utterance1
- the utmost extremity, especially death.
Origin of utterance2
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French outrance, oultrance, equivalent to oultr(er) to pass beyond (< Latin ultrā beyond) + -ance -ance
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Examples from the Web for utterances
Less reliable reports based on utterances of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood allies indicated Morsi's been cut off from communication.Egypt: That Was A Coup
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He knew exactly what he was saying and, unlike most Romneyan utterances, he sounded like he really meant it.The 47 Percent, Offense, and Defense
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Greenspan cultivated an oracular air, his utterances vague and technocratic yet hinting at shamanistic powers.Bernanke's Arrogance Problem
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But his utterances on Sunday demonstrated only that his unerring talent for blandness will do little to get America back to work.Geithner's Feckless Jobs Remedy
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It assumes to be prophetical, and its utterances are oracular.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
And of all that read about Shakspere there are few whom more than one or two utterances have reached.A Dish Of Orts
He is as gentle in his manner as he is convincing in his utterances.
Surely that which flourishes in great minds, and by their utterances is made plain.The Burning Spear
Loud and full were the utterances of praise that this munificence evoked.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
- something uttered, such as a statement
- the act or power of uttering or the ability to utter
- logic philosophy an element of spoken language, esp a sentenceCompare inscription (def. 4)
- archaic, or literary the bitter end (esp in the phrase to the 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
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