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[uht-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st] /ˈʌt ərˌmoʊst or, esp. British, -məst/
most remote or outermost; farthest:
the uttermost stars.
of the greatest or highest degree, quantity, etc.; greatest:
The country's art has reached uttermost creativity.
Origin of uttermost
1300-50; Middle English; see utter2, -most Unabridged
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  • And neither is strong enough—because she has been strained to her uttermost by her years of education.

  • It's sickening,' he says in tones of the uttermost conviction.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • Our excitement and eagerness increased day by day; now the uttermost margin of inhabited Tibet could not be far distant.

  • The King will do what you desire, and will aid you to the uttermost.'

  • Scornfully Fricka unfolded that to me, piercing my soul to its uttermost.

    The Valkyries Edward Frederic Benson
  • Was that, then, the uttermost truth, was faith a smaller thing?

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • The victors pillage to the uttermost, but do as little killing as possible.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • He had felt its pleasures and pains to the uttermost, and now it was ended.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • He is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by him.

  • When he was taken in with a warranty for a horse, he pursued the culprit to the uttermost.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for uttermost


adjective, noun
a variant of utmost
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uttermost

c.1300, from utter + -most. More recent than utmost. Middle English also had uttermore (late 14c.), now, alas, no longer with us.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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