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Utter (adjective)

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Útter. adj. [utter, Saxon.]

  1. Situate on the outside, or remote from the center.

                        In my flight
    Through utter and through middle darkness borne,
    I sung of chaos, and eternal night.
    Milton's P. Lost, b. iii.

  2. Placed without any compass; out of my place.

    Pursue these sons of darkness; drive them out
    From all heav'n's bounds, into the utter deep.

  3. Extreme; excessive; utmost. This seems to be Milton's meaning here.

    Such place eternal justice had prepar'd
    For those rebellious; here their prison ordain'd
    In utter darkness; and their portion set
    As far remeov'd from god, and light of heav'n,
    As from the center thrice to th' utmost pole.

  4. Complete; irrevocable.

    The parliament thought the utter taking it away, absolutely necessary for the preservation of the kingdom. Clarendon.

    There could not be any other estimate made of the loss, than by the utter refusal of the auxiliary regiments of London and Kent to march farther. Clarendon, b. viii.

    They feel fewer corporal pains, and are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind. Atterbury.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Clarendon, Edward (73) · Milton, John (449)

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