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Utmost (noun)

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Útmost. n.s. The most that can be; the greatest power; the highest degree.

              What miscarries,
Shall be the general's fault, though he perform
To the utmost of a man.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

              I will be free,
Even to the utmost as I please in words.
Shakespeare.

Such a conscience, as has employed the utmost of its ability to give itself the best information, and clearest knowledge of its duty, that it can, is a rational ground for am an to build such an hope upon. South.

              Try your fortune. — —
— I have to the utmost. Dost thou think me desperate
Without just cause?
Dryden's All for Love.

A man, having carefully enquired into all the grounds of probability and unlikeliness, and done his utmost to inform himself in all particulars, may come to acknowledge on which side the probability rests. Locke.

The enemy thinks of raising threescore thousand men: let us perform our utmost, and we shall overwhelm them with our multitudes. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · South, Robert (158) · Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (71)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Utmost (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2333.


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