Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being utter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being utter, or extreme; extremity; utmost; uttermost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being utter or extreme; extremity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being complete or utter or extreme

Etymologies

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utter +‎ -ness

Examples

  • At one time, before we were well out of the Arboretum, our eyes met, and there was something so sad and mild and strange in the burn of her gaze that I felt her frank spirit was unveiling itself in an utterness of speech.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • John, I did try to strike you with the utterness of that perversity on the Abergavenny thread!

    Uttoxeter | Linguism | Language Blog

  • There is something sad about the utterness with which President Bush has proved unequal to his job.

    David Bromwich: Blair's Kaleidoscope

  • And I thought the cry to have an utterness of supplication within it; so that I grew desperate to up and go to running; yet did curb such foolishness, and stayed very hushed, to listen.

    The Night Land

  • Many of them are in the grip of an intoxicating metaphysics of utterness that creates signature moments of total theatrics.

    Day into Noir

  • Or even existence ends by becoming too limiting a name for that which abides solely for ever; there is only a timeless Eternal, a spaceless Infinite, the utterness of the Absolute, a nameless peace, an overwhelming single objectless Ecstasy.

    Just how closely word, deed, and action were combined

  • Mahbub snapped his fingers to show the utterness of that end, and his eyes blazed like red coals.

    Kim

  • Even now, as I sit here in the stillness of desperation, afraid of I know not what, trembling with a strange dread of some impending doom, gazing in fright backward along the shores of the years whereon I see the wrecks of a thousand hopes, the destruction of every noble aspiration, the ruin of every noble resolve, I cry aloud against the utterness of the destroyer.

    Fifteen Years in Hell

  • It took time for him to realize the utterness with which his plans had collapsed.

    The Homesteaders A Novel of the Canadian West

  • I have no patience to make phrases about it – for the moment it seems utterness of doubt and of loss.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

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