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uttermost

[uht-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st]
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adjective
  1. most remote or outermost; farthest: the uttermost stars.
  2. of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc.; greatest: The country's art has reached uttermost creativity.
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noun
  1. utmost.
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Origin of uttermost

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at utter2, -most
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Related Words for uttermost

last, utmost, final, farthest, furthest, outermost, furthermost, outmost, remotest

Examples from the Web for uttermost

Historical Examples of uttermost

  • Where he thinks a contempt due, he pays it to the uttermost.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He had expressed it, he thought, to the uttermost, by letting her go at all.

  • I owe him reparation, and it shall be paid to the uttermost penny.

  • And Spurling—if Spurling dwells near us in the uttermost parts of the earth?

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought.

    Nature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for uttermost

uttermost

adjective, noun
  1. a variant of utmost
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Word Origin and History for uttermost

c.1300, from utter + -most. More recent than utmost. Middle English also had uttermore (late 14c.), now, alas, no longer with us.

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