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Utter (verb)

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To Útter. v.a. [from the adjective; to make publick, or let out; palam facere.]

  1. To speak; to pronounce; to express.

    Men spake not with the instruments of writing, neither writ with the instruments of speech; and yet things recorded with the one, and uttered with the other, may be preached well enough with both. Hooker.

    These very words I've heard him utter. Shakespeare.

    There's more gold: but, sirrah,
    We say the dead are well. Bring it to that,
    The gold I give thee will I melt, and pour
    Down thy ill-uttering throat.
    Shakespeare.

    Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Isa. lix. 13.

    Shall not they teach thee and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Job viii. 10.

    Who knows but his poor, bleeding heart,
    Amidst its agonies, remember'd Marcia,
    And the last words he utter'd, call'd me cruel!
    Addison.

  2. To disclose; to discover; to publish.

    When do partial and sinister affections more utter themselves, than when an election is committed to many? Whitg.

    Were it folly to be modest in uttering what is known to all the world? Raleigh.

    I meant my words should not reach your ears; but what I utter'd was most true. Dryden's All for Love.

  3. To sell; to vend.

    Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law
    Is death to any he that utters them.
    Shakesp. Rom. and Juliet.

    They bring it home, and utter it commonly by the name of Newfoundland fish. Abbot's Descrip. of the World.

    The Devonshire and Somersetshire grasiers feed yearly great droves of cattle in the north quarter of Cornwall, and utter them at home. Carew's Survey of Cornwall.

  4. To disperse; to emit at large.

    To preserve us from ruin, the whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin. Swift.

Sources: Abbot, George (11) · Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (57) · Carew, Thomas (36) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · Hooker, Richard (175) · The Bible - Isaiah (16) · The Bible - Job (27) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Utter (verb)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 25, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2324.


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