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Definition of the noun utterance

What does utterance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: utterances

  1. the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
    • examples: She choked her utterance with sobs. | There is but One who is absolutely by and through himself, — namely, God; and God is not the mere dead conception to which we have thus given utterance, but he is in himself pure Life. | The utterance is potentially misleading. | The verb refers to what the speaker of the utterance is doing. | This utterance is not a sentence. | As liberty of thought is absolute, so is liberty of speech, which is "inseparable" from the liberty of thought. Liberty of speech, moreover, is essential not only for its own sake but for the sake of truth, which requires absolute liberty for the utterance of unpopular and even demonstrably false opinions.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of utterance: vocalization
    • more generic term: auditory communication = communication that relies on hearing
    • more specific terms:
    • part: speech sound / phone / sound = an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

Alternative definition of the noun utterance


  1. An act of uttering.
  2. Something spoken.
  3. The ability to speak.
  4. Manner of speaking.
  5. [context: now literary] The utmost extremity (of a fight etc.).


"Utterance" is a musical album of Tuff Lion.

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"Utterance" is a book by Angela Morgan.

  • also known as "Utterance, and other poems"


Utterance: In spoken language analysis an utterance is a smallest unit of speech. It is a continuous piece of speech beginning and ending with a clear pause. In the case of oral languages, it is generally but not always bounded by silence. Utterances do not exist in written language, only their representations do. It can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways.

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Google previewThe Cambridge Translations of Medieval Philosophical Texts: Volume 1, Logic and the Philosophy of Language (1988)

by Norman Kretzmann, Eleonore Stump

The utterance is that which is put forward along with the concept of the thing; in that case a signification is united to the...

Google previewA Dictionary of Stylistics (2014)

by Katie Wales

Utterance is not easily distinguished from SENTENCE, but can usefully be seen as the physical realization of a sentence in either its spoken or written form. In other words, it belongs to language in use rather than language as a system.

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction, 3 Volume Set (2015)

by Karen Tracy, Cornelia Ilie, Todd Sandel

Marty's utterance in line 3 is equally central to constituting because it provides Loes with evidence of how ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Language (2002)

by N.E. Collinge

wasrepresented in ameaningful utterance, logos. Logoswas defined by Diogenes of Babylon(a Stoicof thesecond century BC whose thoughtis outlined for us by Diogenes Laertius (third century ...

Google previewDictionary of the Prague School of Linguistics (2003)

by Josef Vachek

utterance (Ă©nonciation, ...

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My utterance is mighty, I am more powerful than the ghosts; may they have no power over me.
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Scrabble value of U1T1T1E1R1A1N1C3E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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