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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Definitions for multitudinous

  1. existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous; forming a multitude or great number.
  2. comprising many items, parts, or elements.
  3. Archaic. crowded or thronged.

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Citations for multitudinous
It was only one phase of the multitudinous emotions which had assailed her. Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899
So multitudinous are the mysteries of Nature! Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), "A Fragment," Forty Stories, translated by Robert Payne, 1963
Origin of multitudinous
Multitudinous is a partial borrowing from multitudin-, the stem of the Latin noun multitūdō “crowd, multitude.” The adjectival suffix -ous derives from the Old French suffix -os, -ous, -us, from the Latin suffix -ōsus. The Latin adjective multitūdinōsus does not exist. The word entered English in the 17th century.