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
Even more fancifully, the embroidery expands for philosophical utterances on
  the part of the gentle planter.
From then on, although the audibility was not always satisfactory, the
  utterances of the players could always be understood.
Utterances are not necessarily more maladroit or error-prone than written texts.
One drives from inside the beast while two fine tune all the utterances and
  body language from a control booth above.
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