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[uht-er-lee] /ˈʌt ər li/
in an utter manner; completely; absolutely.
Origin of utterly
1175-1225; Middle English; see utter2, -ly
entirely, fully, wholly, totally. Unabridged
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  • As for the daughters-they've been completely awol, utterly useless.
  • Perhaps this is best exemplified by the utterly mundane treatment of squirrel.
  • The state has failed utterly and rival militias vie for control.
  • Apparently identical cancers in two patients may behave so unlike as to appear utterly different diseases.
  • It's an utterly convincing argument for making punishment swift and certain rather than severe.
  • The external conditions have changed utterly as well.
  • Yet he utterly failed to resolve the conflicts that give rise to it.
  • The researchers' first finding was that the volunteers did not think their request utterly ridiculous.
  • He produced a series of learned studies of political theorists that are variously described as seminal and utterly opaque.
  • Each portrait had to depart utterly from the last, a surprise even to him.
British Dictionary definitions for utterly


(intensifier): I'm utterly miserable
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Word Origin and History for utterly

early 13c., "truly, plainly, outspokenly," from utter (v.) + -ly (1); meaning "to an absolute degree" is late 14c., from utter (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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