One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Of varying types; several.‘in divers places’
some, a number of, a few, not very many, a handful of, a small group of, various, a variety of, assorted, sundry, diverseseveral, many, numerous, a number of, multiple, manifold, multifarious, multitudinousView synonyms
- ‘Shakespeare mocks such ethical conundrums in divers ways.’
- ‘For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.’
- ‘Then you take them home and by divers evil arts turn them into lamp bases, photo frames and, oh, irony - bookends.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin diversus ‘diverse’, from divertere ‘turn in separate ways’ (see divert).
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