1 [uht-er-uhns]
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.

1400–50; late Middle English; see utter1, -ance

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2 [uht-er-uhns]
noun Archaic.
the utmost extremity, especially death.

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

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utterance1 (ˈʌtərəns)
1.  something uttered, such as a statement
2.  the act or power of uttering or the ability to utter
3.  logic, philosophy Compare inscription an element of spoken language, esp a sentence

utterance2 (ˈʌtərəns)
archaic, literary or 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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Example sentences
The utterance is, after all, the important part of the act.
In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers
  had at any time been grouped along different lines.
Three instances in which freedom of utterance is said to have been either
  denied or imperiled are cited.
Particular stress was laid on the importance of the one-term utterance.
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