Definition of multitudinous in US English:



  • 1Very numerous.

    ‘the tinkling of multitudinous bells from the herd’
    • ‘The world over it is the same: the feeling of uneasiness for ageing persons, coping with the multitudinous problems of old age.’
    • ‘Alongside them sprouted multitudinous single-issue groups, from vegetarian societies to trade unions, women's groups, and colonialist lobbies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's riddled with multitudinous cracks and fissures along the crests of ocean ridges - where plate-tectonic action cracks and spreads apart the seafloor.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Before his death in 1989, there were multitudinous awards, ranging from presidential citations to a Carnegie Hall recital celebrating his life's work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This uncertainty and ambiguity attracts people and offers multitudinous aesthetic associations.’
    • ‘When one adds the difficulty of gender performativity to the multitudinous difficulties surrounding arguments about ‘race,’ Catherine's dilemma becomes clearer.’
    • ‘The variations in our bodies are multitudinous and I find our differences quite glorious!’
    • ‘Television may have conveyed the impression that Diana's multitudinous mourners spoke, or rather sobbed, for the whole of Britain.’
    • ‘I have nearly no dialogue, too much internal monologue, and multitudinous plot lines dangling all over the place.’
    • ‘Next he moved on to the government's multitudinous achievements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when it does happen, the job is unusual enough to make it stand out from the multitudinous throngs of films of this genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When light penetrates the glass they fill the space with multitudinous hues, bright, clear and calm.’
    numerous, many, abundant, profuse, prolific, copious, legion, teeming, multifarious, a thousand and one, innumerable, countless, uncounted, infinite, numberless, unnumbered, untold, incalculable
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    1. 1.1 Consisting of or containing many individuals or elements.
      ‘the multitudinous array of chemical substances that exist in the natural world’
      • ‘A microscopic image of a slug follows these reflections, reinforcing this notion, reminding us that perception is multitudinous and malleable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      mixed, varied, variegated, varying, various, miscellaneous, diverse, diversified, eclectic, manifold, multifarious, motley, sundry, heterogeneous, disparate, different, differing, dissimilar
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    2. 1.2literary (of a body of water) vast.
      inestimable, indeterminable, untold, immeasurable, uncountable, incomputable, not to be reckoned
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Early 17th century: from Latin multitudo (see multitude) + -ous.