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multitudinous

[muhl-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-]
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adjective
  1. forming a multitude or great number; existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous.
  2. comprising many items, parts, or elements.
  3. Archaic. crowded or thronged.
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Origin of multitudinous

1595–1605; < Latin multitūdin- (stem of multitūdō) multitude + -ous
Related formsmul·ti·tu·di·nous·ly, adverbmul·ti·tu·di·nous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for multitudinous

Historical Examples

  • The Scottish ballads may scarce be so multitudinous and protean a host as this.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • To these multitudinous questions and assertions I made no answer.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

  • The multitudinous seed and other characteristics we will pass by for the present.

  • But the testimony of a witness is open to multitudinous doubts.

    Lectures on Evolution

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • There was a moment of sinister silence, then a multitudinous stirring of the leaves.

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller


British Dictionary definitions for multitudinous

multitudinous

adjective
  1. very numerous
  2. rare great in extent, variety, etc
  3. poetic crowded
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Derived Formsmultitudinously, adverbmultitudinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for multitudinous

adj.

c.1600, first in Shakespeare, from Latin multitudin-, stem of multitudo (see multitude) + -ous. Related: Multitudinously; multitudinousness.

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