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multitudinous

[muhl-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-] /ˌmʌl tɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/
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.
Origin of multitudinous
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin multitūdin- (stem of multitūdō) multitude + -ous
Related forms
multitudinously, adverb
multitudinousness, 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
  • 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

multitudinous

/ˌmʌltɪˈtjuːdɪnəs/
adjective
1.
very numerous
2.
(rare) great in extent, variety, etc
3.
(poetic) crowded
Derived Forms
multitudinously, adverb
multitudinousness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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