Phrases with "utter"

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]

And it’s nonsenseutter nonsense!” She stopped. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope She felt that she could not leave her husband without other cause than now existed, although she felt, also, that to go back to him was to go back to utter wretchedness. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri I smiled again at the chained girl, and met once more her look of utter trust. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Ten yards away from the door Blake’s scolding met my ears, and when I came in he gave me a glance of utter wretchedness; Egstrom, all smiles, advanced, extending a large bony hand. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope Though he fell from his horse in utter weariness, he would persevere. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Sweetheart was the word that ought to have followed, but she could not utter it; it seemed calculated to suggest ideas she had no intention to suggest; ideas delusive and disturbing. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope If only it might be accomplished! If any words from her to Lily might be efficacious to such an end! And yet, hitherto, she had been afraid almost to utter a word. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

I am in utter ignorance of what she saw or heard on that fatal night; she never told, and I never asked. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel This done, he would invoke with confidence upon their able race the blessing of Almighty God. In tones so mellow did he utter himself, that for many minutes stillness reigned, every face pale. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

He will drag you from court to court; he will not stop short of utter defeat or complete triumph. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim His face was covered with a wet towel, a ghastly odor was in his nostrils, his lips refused to utter any further sound. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson He was bereft of words to utter what he felt: what pity, what admiration, what youthful envy of a career so vivid and adventurous. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells He spoke of me and my great-grandmother with an utter want of discretion. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Marjorie Bowen Marius could not understand what had happened to make them such strangers, nor how in a year they could have drifted so far apart; a sensation of utter depression came over him. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Against the great purpose of her life, even this man, who of all others she most respected and esteemed, sank into utter insignificance. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Walter Scott What are your orders?” “Only that you will fly and save yourself,” said Mysie, mustering up her utmost efforts to utter these few words. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

H.P. Lovecraft Indeed, I flatter myself that even in the midst of our distress, utter bewilderment, and soul-clutching horror, we scarcely went beyond the truth in any specific instance. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Algernon Blackwood I was aware of a desire to seize his hand and utter something of this bigger, happier sensation. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing Impossible for them to utter the truth, and confess that each other’s companionship was no longer all-sufficient. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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]

Willa Cather It all took place in utter darkness. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing His words were not unanticipated, but the answer with which she was prepared was more difficult to utter than she had thought it would be. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy The strenuous wish to live and behold the new phenomenon, supplanting the utter weariness of existence that he had heretofore experienced, gave him a new vitality. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

I was desired to utter some words, which every one was eager to put into my mouth, of expostulation, of remonstrance, of supplication. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jack London But my eyes must have closed the instant my head touched the pillow, and in utter exhaustion I slept throughout the night, the while the Ghost, lonely and undirected, fought her way through the storm. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His youth seemed never so vanished as now in the contrast between the utter loneliness of this visit and that riotous, joyful party of four years before. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Henry Handel Richardson The truth was, he had fallen a prey to utter despondency, was become so spiritless that it puzzled even himself. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe I betook myself again to my nap, and at length a second time awoke, when, to my utter amazement, it still wanted twenty-seven minutes of six. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith This creature’s utter unlikeness to the girls he was accustomed to, corroborated his personal view of the case, that Wilfrid certainly could not have been serious, and that she was deluded. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

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]

G. K. Chesterton A revulsion I could never utter made me feel that the vision should remain my own even by remaining unfulfilled; but it should not be vulgarized. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

George Gissing Rebuke me as you will; call me by the name I merit; utter all the disdain you must needs feel for a man so weak and false—’ His speech was checked upon that word. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Willa Cather No, no, it was only a boy’s fancy, and your divine pity and my utter pitiableness have recalled it for a moment. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Ivan Turgenev In Yakov’s presence I could not bring my tongue to utter an untruth. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

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

H.P. Lovecraft Never was a sane man more dangerously close to the arcana of basic entity — never was an organic brain nearer to utter annihilation in the chaos that transcends form and force and symmetry. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

William Blades In utter astonishment he lifted one book after another. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

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]

I did not become an utter fool. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Gloria knew within a month that her husband was an utter coward toward any one of a million phantasms created by his imagination. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arthur Machen My position was as utterly hopeless as that of the prisoner in an utter dungeon, whose only light is that of the dungeon above him; the doors were shut and escape was impossible. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

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]

George Meredith His powers were placed in evidence by her not daring to utter a sarcasm, which was possibly the main cause of her burning fretfulness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Sir Walter Scott The interference of a third person — of you in especial, Tressilian — will be ruinutter ruin to me. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

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]

George Gissing But I had behaved with such utter selfishness——’ Her misery refused to word itself. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Her head was turned away from her companion, as if in utter scorn and defiance of him, although she was talking to him at that moment. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle The two villains staggered back in utter amazement. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Theodore Dreiser His face and body retained utter composure. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Leon Trotsky With its medieval wall and its countless gilded cupolas, the Kremlin seemed an utter paradox as a fortress for the revolutionary dictatorship. My Life by Leon Trotsky

William Makepeace Thackeray Why, respectful civility is itself a lie, which poor Jeames often has to utter or perform to many a swaggering vulgarian, who should black Jeames’s boots, did Jeames wear them and not shoes. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

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]

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

Anthony Hope It was an utter surprise to them when, without their orders, the door was suddenly flung open. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Machen A Londoner must see them to believe in them; and even then he can scarcely credit their utter isolation. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Benjamin Disraeli I thought of writing to him the next morning, impressing upon him the utter impossibility of our acquaintance being renewed: but this proceeding involved a thousand difficulties. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

He wanted to speak; he could not find words to utter or control. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Mark Twain He proved to them that Hardy was insane and not responsible for his words; that no man COULD be sane and utter such words. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

That life we forfeit when we love! How did I utter it? By what words did my heart make itself known? I remember not. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

T. E. Lawrence It sounded like a twentieth-century restatement of the wars of religion, whose logical end was utter destruction of one creed, and whose protagonists believed that God’s judgement would prevail. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Seven white faces, all turned upward to this man who dominated them, were set motionless with utter terror. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

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

Wilkie Collins He looked at her like a man in utter confusion. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Theodore Dreiser They did not dare to utter a feeble squeak until some giant had accidentally fallen and they could do so without danger to themselves. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

M. P. Shiel Over the whole white face of my friend was stamped a look of woeful inability, utter gravity of sorrow. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

E. T. A. Hoffmann When she rose, her beauty shone upon me with such glorious splendour that I stood staring at her unable to utter a word. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Her heart was beating so violently that she wondered at her power to utter those two words. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith More of her intoxicating wine was administered to him, in utter thoughtlessness of consequences to one who was but a boy and a friend, almost of her own rearing. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

I did not expect an answer from him, and I was not disappointed, — he did not utter a word. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

R. D. Blackmore Never an oath did he utter all the way to the landing where his boat was left; and his men, who knew how much that meant, were afraid to do more than just wink at one another. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope Still he did not utter one word of complaint; he did not once murmur at his fate; he never reminded his son that he had, by his impetuosity, hurried on his old father to destruction. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Coconnas did not utter a single word at the first wedge, which usually caused the most resolute to groan. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

But he must have meant to utter a compliment of no common order. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

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]

Edith Wharton And at such moments she longed to speak, to beg him to utter his mind, to go with her once for all into the depths of the subject they continued to avoid. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

I was taken at an utter disadvantage. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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]

Edith Wharton He paused too, finding no words to utter what was struggling in him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope I said to myself when you told me that you would come, that I would not utter one ill-natured word. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

She had been brought up to believe herself his sole heiress, to look upon his second marriage as an utter impossibility. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith She did, however, think of her position as the friend of Nevil in utter antagonism to him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D. H. Lawrence How unspeakably humiliating! She was weary, afraid, and felt a craving for utter respectability, even for the vulgar and deadening respectability of the Guthrie girls. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

For in such cases, we may believe, that a plant could exist only where the conditions of its life were so favourable that many could exist together, and thus save the species from utter destruction. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

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]

George Meredith But the pain lay in my having now and then to utter replies. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

But in this supreme hour of utter defeat, his thoughts did not dwell on the hazards of the future. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim No one save he only who has felt the bitterness of utter isolation in thought and sympathy and person from the whole world of his fellows can realize in any degree the sweetness of such a thought. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray The reasoning from it was quite obvious, and I’m sure was in the man’s mind, though he did not utter it, as we drove by this time into the convent gate. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Clarissa would have been very glad to offer her sympathy, to utter some word of comfort; but there was something in her father’s aspect which forbade any injudicious approach. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle The stones must be recovered, or utter and irretrievable ruin stared him in the face. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

At night and in utter darkness he was still there; and Viola often heard him murmuring over it as she lay in a half-sleep. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Berwick was at an utter loss for words, and every moment he expected the woman before him to make some more direct allusion to the condition under which he held his fortune. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

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]

H. G. Wells I perceived there was a blinding glare outside, an utter change from the gloomy darkness of our first impressions. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Henry Handel Richardson There was a bored tolerance of his wordiness, an utter lack of interest in the concerns of the petty tradesman. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope Not the less, should a personal quarrel arise between them, would Judkins punch the Arab’s head; ay, and reduce him to utter ignominy at his feet. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The thought of them helped to dispel the dreadful feeling of utter loneliness, which was the most unendurable of all her troubles. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

So, in utter darkness of mind, Mr. Sheldon awaited his destiny. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It was the dead of night when Lesbia recovered consciousness, and even then she lay silent, taking no heed of those around her, in a state of utter prostration. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassan He dared not even to speak to them, wish them good-day, utter a single word, lest his changed voice should betray him. Coward by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope I don’t blame Hermy. I suppose she did all she could, and I did not utter one word of reproach of her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

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

No; he thought of her now with sullen despair at his heart; he thought of her now in utter hopelessness; he thought of her with a bitter and agonising regret, which we only feel for the dead. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Jacques Futrelle It was a long, dreary ride—a ride of utter silence save for the roar and clatter of the moving train. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft I remember that once a Foreigner, a German, I think, was in our Company; and that whilst Goldsmith was speaking, he observ’d the Doctor preparing to utter something. A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

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]

The young actress, wild with terror, turned to fly and call for help, but before she could stir, or utter a sound, a hand was clapped over her mouth, and she felt herself lifted from the ground. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Arthur Machen But in spite of these arguments, in spite of their acceptance by all who were about him, he had the grace to perceive the utter falsity and absurdity of the whole position. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Master musician of his race, he was, as Thomas Campbell notes, severed, for good and ill, from his fellow Scots, by an utter want of their protecting or paralysing caution. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

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]

As Aunt Pussy was too paralysed to utter another word I said so for her. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

H. G. Wells For a time we ate with an utter absence of selfconsciousness. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Guy de Maupassan Nevermore will that eye look upon anything again; nevermore will that voice, nor any voice like it, utter a word in the same way as she uttered it. The Grave by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith Take it as an axiom, when you utter a sentimentalism, that more than one pair of ears makes a cynical critic. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing He of necessity abjured alcohols, and straightway longed to utter his testimony on a teetotal platform. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

George Gissing Would not her song be then the most glorious? Not with her own voice, but with the voice of very love, would she utter her hymn of gladness and worship. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, for example, may hide the profoundest and most wide-reaching aims beneath his superficial effect of utter superficiality. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

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]

Anthony Trollope Work would save her from utter despondence. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Stella fought gallantly against her intimations of disaster and utter loss. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sharp, decisive speeches came thronging into her mind, now that it was too late to utter them. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was so gentle and ladylike in her mode of reception that her visitor was somewhat daunted; and it became impossible to utter the speech, so easy of arrangement with no one to address it to. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Anthony Trollope Of Pharsalia we only learn from him that, in utter despair of heart, he allowed himself to be carried to the war. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The first words she spoke went to my very soul; but when she discovered where she was, and in the hands of an utter stranger, she began to cry and bewail herself in a manner that quite alarmed me. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Gustave Flauber The Numidians in their white cloaks would utter loud shouts, raise their arms, press their rearing stallions with their knees, and, wheeling them round abruptly, would then disappear. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Henry James But, I repeat, what I meant more particularly to utter was my own special confidence in your decision. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft On Friday, May 31st, we forded a branch of the De Grey and entered the realm of utter desolation. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Rudyard Kipling He put his hands before his eyes and muttered — ‘Oh you brute! You utter brute!’ The news of his trouble was already in his bungalow. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

G. K. Chesterton Such stories as Mr. Max Beerbohm’s “Happy Hypocrite” are conceptions which would vanish or fall into utter nonsense if viewed by one single degree too seriously. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Now confess! Did I not play my part well?” “So well that I am in utter astonishment still. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

For each one have we struck out parables, and each one have we ruined with utter ruin. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

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

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

Thomas Wolfe McHarg answered very quietly, with the utter finality of despair. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edmund Burke Why, this is not much, I readily admit, for anything but the utter subversion of your equalizing principle. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

But murderers! exterminating murderers! — clothed in mystery and utter darkness — these were objects too terrific for any family to contemplate with fortitude. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Anthony Trollope Nina’s torn boots and threadbare dress, and the utter absence of any request ever made with regard to her own comfort, had not been lost upon him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

You think me a coward and a scoundrel because I dared not utter my suspicion when I saw Mr. Halliday dying. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing She has confessed to the priest, and will utter no word more. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The moment in which he saw Angela was the moment in which he was to experience the most ardent passion, and also at the same time the crushing pain of utter hopelessness. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

William Makepeace Thackeray When that went, silence and utter night closed over him. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Marjorie Bowen In her wild intention to escape, she had only one ally, Adrian, her page, feeble and powerless at best, but devoted to her with an utter devotion that might be worth much. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Guy de Maupassan He might have been taken for one of those wild beasts ardent with desire, which ceaselessly utter maddened cries to the stars on nights when the constellations bathe the dark coverts in warm light. Margot’s Tapers (Noces de Margot) by Guy de Maupassan

The man in utter security had been struck down, in full view of his friends, dropping with a joke on his lips, and they seemed to see in the act an atrocity which had stirred a bitter rage. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry Kingsley She had, from all accounts, gone through every phase of passion, down to utter despair, before she knew the blow had fallen. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing Having once more surrendered herself, body and soul, to the passion for drink, it seemed as if no earthly power could check her course to utter ruin. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

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]

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]

Eustace stared at it in utter astonishment. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

On some mornings Boris collapsed in the most utter despair. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Thomas Wolfe It was even more grotesque to hear them testify, as some of them now did, that they had been witnesses to events which he knew to be utter fabrications of the author’s imagination. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Charles Kingsley True, we have still but some three-and-twenty ships which can cope at all with some ninety of the Spaniards: but we have dash, and daring, and the inspiration of utter need. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

She would have given much to hear him utter one of his old sharp jokes at her expense. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

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]

George Gissing Oh, speak, lord Marcian!’ ‘I have hidden the truth so long because I knew not how to utter it. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The visitor looked about him in utter bewilderment. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Lord, what are we, and what are our children, but a Generation of Vipers?” Many of his remedies are at least harmless, but his pedantry and utter want of judgment betray themselves everywhere. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jules Verne On the 12th, Ben Zoof, who was hanging about outside the great hall of the cavern, heard the professor inside utter a loud cry. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The utter hopelessness of all protest laid an icy hold upon him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

John Galsworthy Can’t be done, Mont — can’t be done!” Soames turned away; he had an utter disinclination for talk, like one standing before an open grave, watching a coffin slowly lowered. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The three men who have thus stept into the grounds of Mortlake don’t utter a word as they stand there. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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]

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

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]

About each birthday, the spirit moves me to deliver one oracle respecting my own instruction and management: I utter it and leave it; it is for you, mother, to listen or not. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Robert Green Ingersoll They would blow horns, beat upon rude drums, clash cymbals, and in the meantime utter the most unearthly yells. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Gissing At such moments he had an irreflective courage, which prompted him to utter what he thought without regard to anything but the common civilities of life. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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]

D. H. Lawrence It had a language which spoke utterly without concern of him, and this utter unconcern gradually soothed him of himself and his world. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy She sat up in bed, seeing with utter clearness in the dark a truth she had never before seen naked — that the condition of conquest is sacrifice. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

She, meantime, had disdained to utter any word of fear; but that energy of self-control had made the suffering but the more bitter. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

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

William Hope Hodgson And, as I waited, very hushed and watchful; yet with an utter beating heart; surely I heard a faint and low singing among the trees, so utter sad. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton It is then that he turns with an utter relief to music. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Wilkie Collins The girl’s eyes were trying to read his face, with an utter carelessness of concealment, which forbade (even to his mind) all unworthy interpretation of her motive for stopping him on his way out. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He could not raise a finger nor utter a sound. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

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

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]

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]

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

George Meredith Barto did not utter another word. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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]

Willa Cather He doesn’t mean to be brutal, it is just the brutality of utter ignorance. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft It was in the night — after that second evening — that stark, utter horror burst over me and weighted my spirit with a black, clutching panic from which it can never shake free. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

She tried to talk, and by a painful effort contrived now and then to utter some commonplace remark. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson He realised anew, with a pang, what an utter stranger he was to her; of her past life, her home, her country, he knew and could know nothing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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

Thomas Hardy The expression of a face consigned to utter loneliness, when a friend first looks in upon it, is moving in the extreme. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Maria Edgeworth There was a sudden revulsion in my spirits, and all my ideas were in utter confusion. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot Words could not be quick or strong enough to utter her yearning. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Overhead the great arches faded away from foundations of dimly discernible capitals into utter blackness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Guy de Maupassant Forty years is a terrible age for virtuous women when they possess senses; they become foolish, and commit utter follies. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H. G. Wells And then darkness, utter darkness, and a heavy report and a thin small sound of voices that went wailing downward into the abyss below. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George MacDonald I had never seen one like it before, and cannot utter the feeling it woke in me by its gracious, trusting form, its colour, and its odour as of a new world that was yet the old. Lilith by George MacDonald