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miscellaneous

[mis-uh-ley-nee-uh s]
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adjective
  1. consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character: a book of miscellaneous essays on American history.
  2. having various qualities, aspects, or subjects: a miscellaneous discussion.
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Origin of miscellaneous

1630–40; < Latin miscellāneus mixed, of all sorts, equivalent to miscell(us) mixed + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
Related formsmis·cel·la·ne·ous·ly, adverbmis·cel·la·ne·ous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. divers, varied, heterogeneous, diversified. Miscellaneous, indiscriminate, promiscuous refer to mixture and lack of order, and may imply lack of discernment or taste. Miscellaneous emphasizes the idea of the mixture of things of different kinds or natures: a miscellaneous assortment of furniture. Indiscriminate emphasizes lack of discrimination in choice (and consequent confusion): indiscriminate praise. Promiscuous is even stronger than indiscriminate in its emphasis of complete absence of discrimination: promiscuous in his friendships.
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  • Above these were eight levels of Food, Clothing and Miscellaneous industries.

  • But these miscellaneous and figurative forces are not what we are considering.

  • Keep the room clean and free of miscellaneous tools and rubbish.

  • They are uncouth figures, with vague legends and miscellaneous attributes.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • Oh man, man, what an eye for miscellaneous beauty is that with which your sex is gifted!

    Shoulder-Straps

    Henry Morford


British Dictionary definitions for miscellaneous

miscellaneous

adjective
  1. composed of or containing a variety of things; mixed; varied
  2. having varied capabilities, sides, etc
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Derived Formsmiscellaneously, adverbmiscellaneousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin miscellāneus, from miscellus mixed, from miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for miscellaneous

adj.

1630s, from Latin miscellaneus "mixed, miscellaneous," from miscellus "mixed," from miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Related: Miscellaneously.

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