One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Very numerous.‘the tinkling of multitudinous bells from the herd’
numerous, many, abundant, profuse, prolific, copious, legion, teeming, multifarious, a thousand and one, innumerable, countless, uncounted, infinite, numberless, unnumbered, untold, incalculableView synonyms
- ‘As Darwin's theory made clear, these multitudinous forms developed as a result of small changes in offspring and natural selection of those that were better adapted to their environment.’
- ‘Alongside them sprouted multitudinous single-issue groups, from vegetarian societies to trade unions, women's groups, and colonialist lobbies.’
- ‘I have nearly no dialogue, too much internal monologue, and multitudinous plot lines dangling all over the place.’
- ‘This uncertainty and ambiguity attracts people and offers multitudinous aesthetic associations.’
- ‘Before his death in 1989, there were multitudinous awards, ranging from presidential citations to a Carnegie Hall recital celebrating his life's work.’
- ‘Many people would rather take a pill than lose weight, exercise, stop smoking, or perform any of the multitudinous activities that could improve health.’
- ‘In higher organisms, structural proteins behave more like Lego blocks that join in multitudinous ways - hence varied organisms with essentially the same ‘gene products.’’
- ‘The variations in our bodies are multitudinous and I find our differences quite glorious!’
- ‘And when it does happen, the job is unusual enough to make it stand out from the multitudinous throngs of films of this genre.’
- ‘Next he moved on to the government's multitudinous achievements.’
- ‘When light penetrates the glass they fill the space with multitudinous hues, bright, clear and calm.’
- ‘The world over it is the same: the feeling of uneasiness for ageing persons, coping with the multitudinous problems of old age.’
- ‘When one adds the difficulty of gender performativity to the multitudinous difficulties surrounding arguments about ‘race,’ Catherine's dilemma becomes clearer.’
- ‘In this regard, I can no longer, for example, sit with a poor family hovering along the poverty line without being mindful of the multitudinous ways in which class oppression can fracture the relationships of those affected.’
- ‘Television may have conveyed the impression that Diana's multitudinous mourners spoke, or rather sobbed, for the whole of Britain.’
- ‘It's riddled with multitudinous cracks and fissures along the crests of ocean ridges - where plate-tectonic action cracks and spreads apart the seafloor.’
- ‘Though all his films are in Bengali or Hindi, their subtly observed study of multitudinous shades of the human condition ranks them as universal in their appeal and acclaim.’
- ‘Probing the images by which we construct our world, he has managed to make the multitudinous and chaotic, if not completely comprehensible, then at least approachable.’
- ‘I have always known that my America is composed of millions of different people with multitudinous life histories.’
- ‘And more than a dozen national parks sprang up throughout Eastern Europe - to mention only a handful of the multitudinous changes that followed the end of the Cold War.’
- 1.1 Consisting of or containing many individuals or elements.‘the multitudinous array of chemical substances that exist in the natural world’
mixed, varied, variegated, varying, various, miscellaneous, diverse, diversified, eclectic, manifold, multifarious, motley, sundry, heterogeneous, disparate, different, differing, dissimilarView synonyms
- ‘It sounds so wise and fine, but is really too one-dimensional or inapplicable to our multitudinous problems that at best, it temporarily inspires us and then fails to make a difference.’
- ‘When one looks at Nature as a whole, there are multitudinous diversities contained within it, and many wholes that exist within it.’
- ‘The multitudinous facets of Christmas, that season of hope but also that season of unbearable loneliness for so many of New York's internal exiles, are captured memorably here in Didion's painfully accurate prose.’
- ‘A microscopic image of a slug follows these reflections, reinforcing this notion, reminding us that perception is multitudinous and malleable.’
- 1.2literary (of a body of water) vast.
Early 17th century: from Latin multitudo (see multitude) + -ous.
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