Utterance vs Speak - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between utterance and speak

is that utterance is an act of uttering or utterance can be the utmost extremity (of a fight etc) while speak is language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group or speak can be (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.

As a verb speak is

to communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.

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utterance

English

Alternative forms

* utteraunce

Etymology 1

From

Noun

(en noun)
  • An act of uttering.
  • * (John Milton)
  • at length gave utterance to these words
  • Something spoken.
  • * , chapter=13
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances . He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.}}
  • * 2005 , (Plato), Sophist . Translation by Lesley Brown. .
  • To know how one should express oneself in saying or judging that there really are falsehoods without getting caught up in contradiction by such an utterance : that's extremely difficult, Theaetetus.
  • The ability to speak.
  • Manner of speaking.
  • * Bible, Acts ii. 4
  • Theybegan to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .
  • * (John Keats)
  • O, how unlike / To that large utterance of the early gods!
  • (obsolete) Sale by offering to the public.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • (obsolete) Putting in circulation.
  • Quotations
    * Mathematics and Poetry are... the utterance of the same power of imagination, only that in the one case it is addressed to the head, in the other, to the heart. — Thomas Hill

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) oultrance.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The utmost extremity (of a fight etc.).
  • *:
  • *:And soo they mette soo hard / that syre Palomydes felle to the erthe hors and alle / Thenne sir Bleoberis cryed a lowde and said thus / make the redy thou fals traytour knyghte Breuse saunce pyte / for wete thow certaynly I wille haue adoo with the to the vtteraunce for the noble knyghtes and ladyes that thou hast falsly bitraid
  • References

    speak

    English

    (wikipedia speak)

    Verb

  • To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
  • * , chapter=13
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.}}
  • To have a conversation.
  • (by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
  • To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
  • To be able to communicate in a language.
  • To utter.
  • * 1611 , (Authorized King James Version) (Bible translation), 9:5:
  • And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
  • To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
  • * 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) :
  • There he sat, his very indifference speaking a nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland deceits.
  • (informal, transitive, sometimes, humorous) To understand (as though it were a language).
  • To produce a sound; to sound.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Make all our trumpets speak .
  • (archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to.
  • * Bible, Ecclus. xiii. 6
  • [He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair.
  • * Emerson
  • Each village senior paused to scan / And speak the lovely caravan.

    Synonyms

    * articulate, talk, verbalize

    Derived terms

    * public speaking * speakable * speaker * speakeasy * re-speak * unspeakable phrasal verbs * speak down * speak for * speak out * speak to * speak up idioms * actions speak louder than words * on speaking terms * so to speak * speak for oneself * speak highly of * speak ill of * speak in tongues * speak of the devil * speak one's mind * speak softly and carry a big stick * speak someone's language * speak volumes * speak with one voice * spoken for

    Noun

    (-)
  • language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
  • Corporate speak; IT speak

    Derived terms

    * artspeak * cyberspeak * doublespeak * lawyerspeak * leetspeak * medspeak * Newspeak * weather speak

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.
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    Anagrams

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