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utterance1

[uht-er-uh ns] /ˈʌt ər əns/
noun
1.
an act of uttering; vocal expression.
2.
manner of speaking; power of speaking:
His very utterance was spellbinding.
3.
something uttered; a word or words uttered; a cry, animal's call, or the like.
4.
Linguistics. any speech sequence consisting of one or more words and preceded and followed by silence: it may be coextensive with a sentence.
5.
Obsolete. a public sale of goods.
Origin of utterance1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see utter1, -ance

utterance2

[uht-er-uh ns] /ˈʌt ər əns/
noun, Archaic.
1.
the utmost extremity, especially death.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French outrance, oultrance, equivalent to oultr(er) to pass beyond (< Latin ultrā beyond) + -ance -ance
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  • His voice was drowned with sobs—he could not speak—the words choked him in their utterance.

  • What magic in the utterance, what a revelation of Cleopatra's character and of Shakespeare's!

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The voice was familiar to me—its second utterance enabled me to seize the speaker's identity.

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
  • "Let us thank God, old man," I said, the tears of joy half choking my utterance.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • At last his head came up with a sudden jerk and his utterance was difficult.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for utterance

utterance1

/ˈʌtərəns/
noun
1.
something uttered, such as a statement
2.
the act or power of uttering or the ability to utter
3.
(logic, philosophy) an element of spoken language, esp a sentence Compare inscription (sense 4)

utterance2

/ˈʌtərəns/
noun
1.
(archaic or literary) the bitter end (esp in the phrase to the utterance)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French oultrance, from oultrer to carry to excess, from Latin ultrā beyond
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Word Origin and History for utterance
n.

"that which is uttered," mid-15c., from utter (v.) + -ance.

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