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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Definitions for omnifarious

  1. of all forms, varieties, or kinds.

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Citations for omnifarious
... these essays in Mr. Trilling's new book all aim directly or indirectly at the central suppositions of our omnifarious 20th-century culture. Robie Macauley, "From the Particular to the Universal," New York Times, November 14, 1965
The point here is all these other “platforms” offer but a fraction of the omnifarious ~500 product and services that Google subsidizes to offer for free in “competition” with mostly fee-based proprietary platform products and services. Scott Cleland, "Why Google's Not a 'Platform,'" Forbes, October 19, 2011
Origin of omnifarious
1645-1655
English omnifarious comes from the Late Latin adjective omnifarius “of all sorts.” The combining form omni- in omnifarious is completely naturalized in English and needs no explanation. The element -farious comes from the Latin combining form -fārius, -farius, which is used to form multiplicative adjectives (e.g., twofold, threefold, simplex, duplex) and is a back formation from the Late Latin adjective bifārius “twofold, double,” in turn derived from the Latin adverb bifāriam “in two parts or places.” Omnifarious entered English in the 17th century.
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