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[muhl-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-] /ˌmʌl tɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/
forming a multitude or great number; existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous.
comprising many items, parts, or elements.
Archaic. crowded or thronged.
Origin of multitudinous
1595-1605; < Latin multitūdin- (stem of multitūdō) multitude + -ous
Related forms
multitudinously, adverb
multitudinousness, noun Unabridged
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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
  • I am not hampered by excessive harness, by multitudinous rules.

  • And so it is with the varied activities of our multitudinous life.

  • But after the descent of the multitudinous sails, the beauty was wholly destroyed.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • Lester, busy about his multitudinous affairs, was in and out.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • The streets and quays swarm with the most vociferous, dirty, multitudinous life.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for multitudinous


very numerous
(rare) great in extent, variety, etc
(poetic) crowded
Derived Forms
multitudinously, adverb
multitudinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for multitudinous

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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