Phrases with "utter"

Henry Handel Richardson Up with you, Joseph!” He was ready, come forth from the utter confusion around him, like a god from a cloud. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope If ‘all the blood of the Howards’ had depended upon it, she could not have brought herself to utter such a falsehood. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing She had put aside the mask of light-heartedness, and that which it had all day been in her countenance to utter freely exposed itself. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope For it was ruinutter ruin. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft The skulls denoted nothing short of utter idiocy, cretinism, or primitive semi-apedom. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

George Gissing For a moment she strove to speak the very truth, to utter a word about that love which Adela was resolutely excluding. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I can’t say if I am really speaking your tongue by instinct, or if you yourself are translating my thoughts into your tongue as I utter them. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Guy de Maupassan Returning to his house, a prey to utter despair he had snatched up his revolver, and then he did not dare to fire it. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Then when the last magic wish has been breathed, utter silence comes, a silence more dreadful in its import than the clamor has been. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

D. H. Lawrence Having lived among the owning classes, he knew the utter futility of expecting any solution of the wage-squabble. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling The utter untouchedness of the town was one-half the charm and its association the other. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Marjorie Bowen Valentine’s gaze followed him with a look of utter woe; still she said nothing, from her parted lips there came no sound. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

The governor next flew into a towering rage with a kitchen-maid who, when bringing him his soup, had been so rash as to utter the word apoplexy. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Walter Scott It would be but blasphemous hypocrisy lo utter with my lips the words which every throb of my heart protests against. My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror by Walter Scott [1828]

Heaven forbid that we should follow him into the comfortable servants’ hall at the Court, where the household sat round the blazing fire, discussing in utter bewilderment the events of the day. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

It was the moment of high water, a moment of immobility that accentuated the utter isolation of this lost corner of the earth. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Was I really his father? Can you understand what my punishment was, when I thought to myself, ‘I have perhaps sacrificed my own son to the child of an utter stranger. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassan I could not utter a word, for I felt as if I were choking. The Son by Guy de Maupassan

He tried to speak, but his lips trembled, and he could not utter a sound. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H. G. Wells But the quality of utter detachment and independence! I had not reckoned on things like this. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Beginning in utter blackness, this third year, in the second month, brought a change as welcome as it was unlooked for. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

An utter prostration followed Marie-Anne’s paroxysm of agony. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence But oh heavens, what weariness! What weariness, God above! A chronometer-watch — a beetle — her soul fainted with utter ennui, from the thought. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Mrs. Lovell would enter and eye him carelessly; utter little commonplaces and go forth. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Washington Irving His heart began to sink within him; he endeavored to resume his psalm tune, but his parched tongue clove to the roof of his mouth, and he could not utter a stave. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

George Gissing By close listening he believed he heard her utter the name of her husband. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

There was an utter silence in the hamlet, not a soul showed or a dog stirred, nothing but the even descent of the snow. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Guy de Maupassant Just fancy, twenty-six francs for an umbrella! It is utter madness!” The friend, who was only a poor man of the middle-classes, had an inspiration: “Make your Fire Assurance pay for it. The Umbrella (La Parapluie) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

It was not my present intention to utter one word of love to her, or to reveal one glimpse of the fire in which I wasted. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

R. D. Blackmore If the cap fits —” here he smiled a little, as much as to say, “I had you there;” and then, without meaning it, from simple force of habit, he did a thing equal to utter surrender. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

They were out of hearing, and almost out of sight, before the sea-captain could emerge from a state of utter stupefaction so far as to be able to look at the business in its right bearings. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James Neither of them dared to utter it, but the influence of it was in the girl’s tone when she returned at last, with great gentleness: “Don’t be harsh to me — I’m very unhappy. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Arnold Bennett He had intended to say ‘telegraphing for Mrs Cannon,’ but he could not utter the last words; he could not compel his vocal organs to utter them. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It told him that he was in instant danger, and that the only hope lay in utter impassivity. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

She returned by gaze with a strange stare and a gape, which haunted me long after; and it seemed as we sat in utter silence that each was rather horribly fascinated by the other’s gaze. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells I realised Cavor’s utter incapacity for the fight we had in hand. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Meredith So we must fret and stew, and look into ourselves, and seize the brute and scourge him, just to make one serviceable step forward: that is, utter a single sentence worth the pondering for guidance. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Gissing But worse was that ghastly sense of utter loneliness, of being forsaken by human sympathy. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Edgar Rice Burroughs But I had soon learned that while one might easily astonish them with some new engine of war, it was an utter impossibility to frighten them into surrender. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He believed implicitly that his wife was dead, and wherever he went in search of her he went in utter hopelessness, only prompted by the desire to leave no part of his duty undone. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

D. H. Lawrence This left her drifting in a sea of utter chagrin. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

I did not utter a syllable on the way up. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Allan Poe Concealment is utter folly on my part, for the people will not see. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

She clung to the banister, with convulsive grip, lest she should fall, and stared, without power to utter a sound, as she saw herself quietly mount, step by step, pass her, go beyond to her own room. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Abraham Merri God, Goodwin, I feel like an utter cad,” he flashed at me. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Gissing For utter weariness Pennyloaf was constrained to beg that they might go into the ‘Paliss’ and find a shadowed seat. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our heads were, as I have explained, enclosed in our glass bells, from which all sound was excluded, nor was it possible for anyone wearing a bell to utter any sound. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Anthony Trollope Arabella did not utter a word in reply, but put out her hand, secretly as it were, and grasped that of the old lady to whom she had told the tale of her later intrigues. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray SPEAK IT, dear girl! from your own sweet lips: in the presence of an affectionate parent, utter the sentence which is to seal my happiness for life. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

She dared not speak to Henry; he was there, but he was guiding the car; if he were distracted for a moment they might all crash into utter ruin. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Elizabeth Gaskell Yet, for all this, the lady of the castle drooped and drooped, and when Duke came down to see his darling he was in utter dismay at her looks. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Hope At the same instant a cry rang out, shrill in the night: “Help, help! Michael, help!” and was followed by a shriek of utter terror. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

He talked perpetually, and devoured incongruous viands in utter absence of mind. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Until they reached the governor’s office, he did not utter a word; then, sinking down into an armchair, he exclaimed: “We must confess ourselves beaten. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Frances Hodgson Burnett Its utter unlikeness to the quarters London usually gives to children, even of the fortunate class, struck Mademoiselle Valle at once. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

So firm is its purpose that if inadvertently you put your foot on its tender body it would not move or utter cry. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

George Gissing For a moment it seemed as if she could not bring herself to utter another word; she drew apart, she could not raise her face, which was beautiful in marble pain. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing When she could utter words, they were a passionate expression of gratitude. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing It was as if a man suffering physical agony should suddenly begin to jest and utter wild mirth; there was the same unreality in his behaviour. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

In fact, the first word which I heard her utter was a low, awed “No,” which, though I understood its meaning, chilled my blood like an evil omen. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Edgar Allan Poe But this feeling did not fail to die rapidly away, and thereunto succeeded horror, and dismay, and a chilling sense of utter helplessness and ruin. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Louisa May Alcott You don’t object, I hope?” Never mind what John said, or what a very narrow escape the little bonnet had from utter ruin. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

But as Bubbles lay there, in the dreadful immobility of utter unconsciousness, both Blanche Farrow and Helen Brabazon believed her to be dead. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

The man raised his head and the duke was about to utter a cry of surprise. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry Handel Richardson His own tears flowed; but true to his promise he did not utter a sound. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H.P. Lovecraft From the moment of my strange waking my wife had regarded me with extreme horror and loathing, vowing that I was some utter alien usurping the body of her husband. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Olaf Stapledon Once more it seemed to me possible that from this utter debasement man might now once more take the first step on the long journey towards lucidity. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing Did he love her? She had never asked him that, and all at once she felt a longing to hasten after him and utter the question. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling He exhausts mind, heart, and brain in that battle: he consumes himself, and perishes in utter desolation. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Henry Handel Richardson And to know this, and yet be constrained, night after night, to the mechanical repetition of so utter a futility . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence I suppose you WERE a bit tight, in that little bed!” “Well, sir!” and he flashed me a smile of amazing impudence, and lowered his tone to utter confidence. Rawdon’s Roof by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

You doubtlessly mean to say something, but hide your last word through fear, because you have not the resolution to utter it, and only have a cowardly impudence. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

George Gissing Wilfrid could not utter the words with complete calmness; his hands had begun to tremble a little, and his temples were hot. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

The younger brother, the one they had married to an elderly shrew, he, on the strength of an older friendship and as if paying a debt of gratitude, took the liberty to utter a word of warning. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

When in the magnetic state, he is no longer a peasant who can hardly utter a single sentence; he is a being, to describe whom I cannot find a name. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Anthony Trollope The story of that has been told, but the reader has perhaps hardly been made to understand the utter bereavement which it brought on the mother. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Hardening her mouth to utter defiant spite: “My lover’s,” she cried. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Wilkie Collins All that he could observe was that she was too confused, on catching sight of him, to be able to utter a word. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

George Gissing His tongue had not the power to utter a word, only his eyes followed her, fixed in an unintelligent stare, as she walked towards the door. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It was said of him that he was worth his wages but wasn’t the type that Makes Good. In a way the utter contempt that he had for his work made things easier for him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Richard Burton And as under all circumstances in the East, dozing is one’s chief occupation, the reader will understand that the want of it left me in utter, utter idleness. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

F. Scott Fitzgerald Some utter ass left his or her gum on the floor and of course I stepped in it. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The coarsest ruffian felt ashamed to make an utter beast of himself before the calm eyes of the patrician. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

T. E. Lawrence He sat down by our coffee-place, where Mohammed blew up the fire while I sought to make him utter doctrine. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy Beside the latter was the dark form of a man, kneeling on the damp floor, his body flung across the coffin, his hands clasped, and his whole frame seemingly given up in utter abandonment to grief. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Gissing At the bottom of the steps, where he was in all but utter darkness, his foot slipped on garbage of some kind, and with a groan he fell on his aide. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope Not she,—my angel; my white one!” Hampstead shook his head and clenched his fist, shaking it, in utter disregard of the passers by, as the hot, fast tears streamed down his face. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edgar Rice Burroughs And then to my utter amazement I saw the forehead and eyes of the maiden come slowly out of the depths, following the gaze of the reptile just as when she had disappeared beneath the surface. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Elizabeth Von Arnim What a clock! For utter laziness and dull deliberation there surely never was its equal—it took longer to get to the half-hour than any clock I ever met, but it did get there at last and struck it. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

That Eleanore Leavenworth’s name came with difficulty from his lips; this evidently unimpressible man, manifesting more or less emotion whenever he was called upon to utter it. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Overcome with pity, but conscious also of a profound respect, I endeavoured to utter some futile words, which she at once put an end to by an appealing gesture. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

She could not force herself to utter an untruth; and she was unwilling to answer: “I would act as you are acting. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Then she moved unsteadily onwards for a few paces, and at last sank down upon a door-step, with the helpless motion of utter exhaustion. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins The attempt was an utter failure; nobody could give us any information. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It was very early, the shutters had not been taken from the windows of the houses, the street was empty; I had never seen such an utter absence of life. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

She seemed to have dropped out of the fight in utter disarray; she lay with no oars out, and full of men who writhed and tumbled over each other, shrieking as if they had been flayed. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Upon this refusal Anthony had started to the telegraph office intending to wire Gloria to come South — he reached the door and receded despairingly, seeing the utter impracticability of such a move. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Speak low, for God’s sake!” she continued, observing that Fanshawe was about to utter an exclamation. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Rudyard Kipling But, once inside, the sightseer stands in the heart of utter desolation — all the more forlorn for being swept up. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Of course it was very weak and foolish, a bad beginning of my new life, but I was quite powerless to contend against that sense of utter misery. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

George Gissing Perhaps an utter change of conditions would make me clearer-brained, more capable of discerning the powers at work in me, of discovering whether there was not some compromise with life still possible. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

E. T. A. Hoffmann This, to my utter amazement, Teresina confirmed. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope In expressing such an opinion, however, I am far from wishing to utter anything which may be irritating or offensive to your feelings. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald By her three minutes of utter unwavering indifference the girl had lifted herself from a high but somehow casual position in his mind, to be instead his complete preoccupation. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

It is known as our ability to utter all sorts of propositions which don’t contradict other propositions that are true of the real tigers. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Arnold Bennett He had merely to utter certain words. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins But ordinary translating of him by average workmen would only lead, through the means of feeble parody, to the result of utter failure. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

My poor old black companion was aghast at such a region, and also at what he considered my utter folly in penetrating into it at all. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

From this man I understand that Professor Nogo, though in a state of utter exhaustion, clings feebly to the hard biscuit and cold brandy and water, under the impression that they will yet restore him. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

George Gissing One is occasionally possessed by a desire to shout in the midst of a silent assembly; and impulse of the same kind kept urging him to utter words which would irretrievably ruin his prospects. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope But of this she could not utter a word. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

To love! to love! She did not utter the words, but they thrilled her through and through in the very thought, astonishing her, and irradiating her face with a smile. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Sir Walter Scott But Waverley, though the thought rushed on his mind, found no courage to utter it. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

But he didn’t utter them, and Philip was suddenly aware that he had expected him to. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Hence the ignoble dread in East and West Africa of a death which leads to a shadowy world, and eventually to utter annihilation. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Wilkie Collins I had no power of looking on further than the fatal leap from the boat: beyond that there was an utter blank. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Neither of them could utter a syllable. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

M. P. Shiel Grimani ran in and bore her to a sofa, where she continued to utter screams and sobs and laughter, while Chris darted about in a flurry, seeking he knew not what. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Not until we reach the extreme confines of life, in the Arctic regions or on the borders of an utter desert, will competition cease. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The sweetness of his temper could never be annoyed, but also he never troubled himself to utter useless words. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

G. K. Chesterton Nor is it for me to utter my personal judgements of the appearance of the people in the hall. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was a stately and gallant little compliment performed with the grace and dignity of utter unconsciousness of self. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Jules Verne A faint ejaculation was all she was able to utter in token of admiration as new objects of wonder or beauty met her gaze. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

George Meredith He could not bring his mouth to utter flinty negatives, so it appeared that he assented; and then his better nature abused him for deluding her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Dickens Die!” ‘He sat before her in the gloomy Bride’s Chamber, day after day, night after night, looking the word at her when he did not utter it. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Bram Stoker He was in a torture of suspense regarding the woman he loved, and his utter ignorance of the terrible mystery which seemed to surround her intensified his pain. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins If “idiot” did not sound like a mocking word, however tenderly and pityingly one may wish to utter it, I should tell you that the poor thing had been an idiot from her birth. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

She paused now and then to utter some polite commonplace. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James Isabel said nothing; when people were embarrassed she was usually sorry for them, but she was determined not to help Ralph to utter a word that should not be to the honour of her high decision. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It almost violates the proprieties, if we say above the breath here, what the confessing eyes do not hesitate to utter to every street passenger. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Guy de Maupassant As soon as we had claimed our luggage we set off into the town, Paul walking in utter silence. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

He was pained by his state of utter mental darkness. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Edith Wharton A look of utter weariness stole over him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Jules Verne I remember that Burton and Speke had nothing but praises to utter concerning the hospitality of these people; so we might, at least, make the venture. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

He may have been a Frenchman, but I have never heard him utter a single word in French. To see him coming aft to the wheel comforted one. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H.P. Lovecraft In bidding the doctor goodnight he expressed his utter perplexity at his son’s condition, and urged his caller to do all he could to restore the boy to normal poise. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

H. G. Wells Until in a world of utter cowardice, he filled the sky. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing Yet how was she to utter this? The moment such a truth had passed her lips she must leave him. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was an utter stillness, save for the sharp breathing of the Lady Tiphaine and for the gentle soughing of the wind outside, which wafted to their ears the distant call upon a swine-herd’s horn. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Meredith Oh!” he walked away from her booming a sound of utter repudiation of her present imbecility, and hurrying to her side, said: “But it was manifest to the whole world! It was a legend. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

W. H. Hudson He took no notice, but presently his lips began to move, though they seemed to utter no sound. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Jules Verne A few minutes passed by, and neither of the watchers were able to utter a word, so anxious were they lest the faint spark of life remaining to the young Esquimaux should be quenched. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

These, when they approached them, proved to be of iron-stone formation, a fact, which, as soon as he heard it, caused Moreas to utter a cry of joy. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Algernon Blackwood But as it took shape, rising out of nothing as it were, and growing momentarily more defined in outline, a period of utter and wonderful silence settled down upon the building and all it contained. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Thomas Hardy The accents were those of Miss Matilda Johnson. One thought rushed into both their minds on the instant, and Bob was the first to utter it. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

For utter surrender to in indolence you cannot beat a sailor ashore when that mood is on him — the mood of absolute irresponsibility tasted to the full. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

John Galsworthy Yes, she had made him suffer! Divorce! It seemed ridiculous, after all these years of utter separation! But it would have to be. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe There was another interval of utter insensibility; it was brief; for, upon again lapsing into life there had been no perceptible descent in the pendulum. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

George Eliot He dreaded to utter another word, he dreaded to make another movement, that might provoke another reproach or denial from her. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Nikolai Gogol In a twinkling it had blown a quinsy into his throat, and he reached home unable to utter a word. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Anthony Trollope What business had Alaric to utter such words as triumph and disappointment? He could not keep his arm, on which Alaric was leaning, from spasmodically shrinking from the touch. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

There, as below, he found gloom and darkness, and instead of a busy crew, utter loneliness, perfect silence. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing But I will die in utter loneliness rather than ask you again. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Horace Walpole The former, indeed, apprehending the severity of their Prince’s disposition, did not dare to utter their surmises on this precipitation. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Leon Trotsky The American press was in a state of utter bewilderment. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing Noises far and near blend into a muffled murmur, sound’s equivalent of the impression received by the eye; it seems to utter the weariness of unending ineffectual toil. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Maria Edgeworth Archibald, I should have thought, had as strong a claim upon Dr. Campbell’s friendship as the son of an utter stranger to the family. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing He could not utter what was really in his mind, and the charges he made against her were modes of relieving himself. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was trying to utter the name of his murderer. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing Throwing himself down upon a couch, he moaned in utter wretchedness, fearful of the pestilence, yet saying to himself that he cared not if it seized upon him. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, he must have been quite beside himself for the time, or he could never have gone on to utter the unwise, cruel words he did. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

So great was his controlled wrath that he drew in great, shivering breastfuls of air between the words, as if for strength to utter them; and they quavered forth on it again. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle For a moment they were plunged in utter darkness. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Trollope He hunted a great deal, but he did not fraternise with hunting men, and would appear now in this county and now in that, with an utter disregard of grass, fences, friendships, or foxes. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf O my dear, I thought it utter bosh. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch To withdraw would be to utter a lie. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sleep, he told himself, would be an utter impossibility. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Algernon Blackwood Though she could have crushed him with her foot, she could equally have flung herself in utter abandonment before his glorious crouching strength. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

John Lewis Burckhard When he arrives in sight of the dome, he is to utter some pious ejaculations. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

She expected M. Lenoble to bow his head to the inevitable, to utter a friendly farewell, and depart for his Norman home, convinced, if not satisfied. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne Mary Grant at this crisis nerved herself to the resolution never to utter the name of her father. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne The three settlers were talking in Herbert’s room, when they heard Top utter quick barks. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Charles Dickens He too, with the world a wide heath before him, enjoyed the meal — again in corroboration of the magnates, as exemplifying the utter want of calculation on the part of these people, sir. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

The very object of the expedition was lost from view in his sudden and overwhelming sense of utter insecurity. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell The little creature in her arms began to utter its piteous cry, as it shivered with the cold. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

And to the purser’s utter amazement he clapped on his cocked hat, and flew out of the cabin on the errand I have described. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He was the first who had ever spoken to her of these things, and she listened to him with an utter simplicity and freshness of mind. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And then at last with utter weariness I fell asleep, and woke screaming about midnight to find myself well down in the cheerful English midlands, and red blast-furnaces blinking by the railway-side. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Arnold Bennett That sentence seemed to cost all her pride; but she was obliged to utter it, and to pay for it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Kate Chopin It was some utter nonsense; some adventure out there in the water, and they both tried to relate it at once. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Proverb. Whenever you are about to utter something astonishingly false, always begin with, “It is an acknowledged fact,” etc. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Meredith He tried to utter the old phrase, that he was sensible, but his hand beat at his forehead before the words could be shaped. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jules Verne Long fits of drowsiness, combined with an utter aversion to food, would come over them. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Willa Cather The place was saved from utter dismalness by a coal fire under the black marble mantelpiece, — brilliantly reflected in a long mirror that hung between the two windows. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Ford Madox Ford She had been irrationally determined that hers should not be the first tongue to utter that name. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

M. P. Shiel As his greying head fell, those present covered their faces, gave out a groan, and suddenly fled away in every direction to utter the story of his cutting off. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Marie Corelli As the two disappeared a chill and a darkness seemed to fall upon the air, and the Cardinal sank back among the cushions of his fauteuil with a deep sigh of utter exhaustion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Jacques Futrelle The stranger stared in utter amazement—an amazement so frank, so unacted, so genuine, that Mr. Grimm was satisfied. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Arthur Machen Furious lust, and hate that was like fire, and the loss of all hope and horror that seemed to shriek aloud to the night, though his teeth were shut; and the utter blackness of despair. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Washington Irving He had been so overcome by his apprehensions that, at the preparatory dinner he could hardly utter a word, and was so choked that he could not swallow a mouthful. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

The curious mixture of utter imposture and of genius for observation which a traveller can detect in Douville renders him worthy of a monograph. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Maria Edgeworth Clarence was destitute neither of address nor presence of mind; but an accident happened, when he was just taking leave of Miss Portman, which threw him into utter confusion. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Gissing The tears he shed for his friend were due in part to the poignant perception of utter severance with boyhood. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Abraham Merri Then I thought of my utter folly in flashing the ring at that particular moment, and I couldn’t blame the Little People for thinking me an emissary of Khalk’ru. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Margaret Oliphant He did sleep by snatches, in utter fatigue and exhaustion—slept long enough to secure for himself the unspeakable torture of waking to the renewed horror of a new day. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

But still the absence of the ladies, tantamount perhaps to utter forgetfulness, was not the less painful. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr Davis was the first to utter a word. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Write. Ye shall watch while kings conspire Round the people’s smouldering fire, And, warm for your part, Shall never dare—O shame! To utter the thought into flame Which burns at your heart. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

Miles Franklin This was another thought which to utter would be madness, and which to suppress seems canting cowardice. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

George Gissing Lotty began to utter incoherent self-reproaches, unintelligible to her little comforter; her voice had become the merest whisper; she seemed to have quite exhausted herself. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]