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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
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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Examples for utterances
  • 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.
  • The device has monitored the babbling of youngsters and the word utterances that are similar to actual syllables.
  • Likewise, an individual with a huge network could be ranked on the low end if his utterances were largely ignored.
  • Large clocks were used to keep the utterances of talkative shareholders to a minimum.
  • In his public utterances, he takes the side of reform, though so far he has delivered more words than action.
  • In fact, it is almost impossible for an outsider to second-guess its utterances.
  • But she has had to resort to credulity-stretching gymnastics to explain past utterances.
British Dictionary definitions for utterances

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 utterances

utterance

n.

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

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