- having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
- numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities.
Origin of multifarious
Examples from the Web for multifarious
Now that we have gotten over these multifarious horribles, we are obliged to ponder the bigger picture.Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment
August 22, 2014
In many great novels, the multifarious content necessitates a certain largesse of form.C.E. Morgan: ‘Light in August’ is Faulkner’s Great American Novel
August 16, 2012
This book intimately and expertly covers his multifarious activities during each of these great crises.Inside Kissinger's Brain
June 15, 2009
The idea of living a multifarious identity is something that has always occurred to me to be absolutely the norm.Hollywood's Exquisite Alien
April 30, 2009
There were politics, with their multifarious opportunities for fortune and place.The Law-Breakers
The shapes are so multifarious, as to preclude us from giving any specific directions.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
His singular brain could grapple simultaneously with these multifarious subjects.A Great Man
She was a trim yacht, notwithstanding her multifarious employments.The Three Commanders
He has the merit of giving some order to this multifarious collection.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- having many parts of great variety
Word Origin and History for multifarious
1590s, from Latin multifarius "manifold," from multifariam (adv.) "on many sides; in many places or parts," perhaps originally "that which can be expressed in many ways," from multi- "many" (see multi-) + -fariam, adverbial suffix (cf. bifariam "in two places"), from PIE *dwi-dhe- "making two." Related: Multifariously; multifariousness. Earlier forms of the word in English were multiphary (adv.); multipharie (adj.), both mid-15c.