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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolutely, perfectly, utterly, deadadverb

    completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

    "an absolutely magnificent painting"; "a perfectly idiotic idea"; "you're perfectly right"; "utterly miserable"; "you can be dead sure of my innocence"; "was dead tired"; "dead right"


  1. utterlyadverb

    completely, entirely, to the fullest extent

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Utterlyadverb

    Fully; completely; perfectly. For the most part, in an ill sense.

    Etymology: from utter.

    God, whose property is to shew his mercies then greatest, when they are nearest to be utterly despaired. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Arguments taken from the authority of men, may not only so far forth as hath been declared, but further also be of some force in human sciences; which force, be it never so small, doth shew that they are not utterly naught. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    All your int’rest in those territories
    Is utterly bereft you; all is lost. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    He was so utterly tired with an employment so contrary to his humour, that he did not consider the means that would lead him out of it. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    While in the flesh we cannot be utterly insensible of the afflictions that befal us. Francis Atterbury.


  1. utterly

    Utterly refers to completely, absolutely, or to the maximum extent. It is usually used for emphasis to express the totality or wholeness of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utterlyadverb

    in an utter manner; to the full extent; fully; totally; as, utterly ruined; it is utterly vain

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'utterly' in Adverbs Frequency: #373

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utterly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utterly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of utterly in a Sentence

  1. George Santayana:

    In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.

  2. Jennifer Elmore:

    When I say utterly devastating.

  3. California Attorney General Kamala Harris:

    This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society.

  4. Sean McElwee:

    To ensure that we keep the House in 2022, (Biden) needs to deliver immediate and visible benefits to working class and middle class Americans, and that means you have to take the ship of government that has been utterly wrecked by Republicans and rebuilding it in a way that can actually deliver benefits to people.

  5. Jane Horton:

    It's entirely disrespectful. Completely and utterly disrespectful, …This is more important than ever because we don't have a place to grieve. We don't have a place to come together to honor our service and sacrifice.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    A reassuring
    B disjointed
    C cosmopolitan
    D frantic

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