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multitude

Syllabification: mul·ti·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈməltəˌt(y)o͞od
 
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Definition of multitude in English:

noun

1A large number: a multitude of medical conditions are due to being overweight
More example sentences
  • Today the seas teem with multitudes of creatures comprising hundred of thousands of species.
  • To even imply that is to insult the mind-set and values of those faceless multitudes who flock to the cinema halls every other day and make or mar the fortunes of many a film.
  • The centre piece is the Victoria Falls in Livingstone which has so far played host to multitudes of tourists visiting the city.
Synonyms
a lot, a great/large number, a great/large quantity, a host, a horde, a mass, a swarm, an abundance, a profusion;
scores, quantities, droves
informal a slew, lots, loads, masses, stacks, heaps, piles, tons, dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions, gazillions, bajillions
1.1 (the multitudes) Large numbers of people: the multitudes using the roads
1.2 (the multitude) A large gathering of people: Father Peter addressed the multitude
1.3 (the multitude) The mass of ordinary people without power or influence: placing ultimate political power in the hands of the multitude
More example sentences
  • It is no longer feasible to convince the multitudes to expect little from their leaders, now that they have learned of international standards of governance.
  • The danger of these regimes is also in inflicting on multitudes the state of mass fear and, consequently, the state of psychological abnormality.
  • And those faceless multitudes, often unlettered, usually uneducated, have been able to guess it right.
Synonyms
formal concourse
common people, people, populace, masses, rank and file, commonality, plebeians, proletariat;
derogatory hoi polloi, rabble, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs
humorous sheeple
historical third estate
1.4 archaic The state of being numerous: they would swarm over the river in their multitude

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin multitudo, from multus 'many'.

Phrases

cover a multitude of sins

1
see cover.

Words that rhyme with multitude

fortitudecertitude

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