Definition of multitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʌltɪtjuːd/


1A large number of people or things: a multitude of medical conditions are due to being overweight Father Peter addressed the multitude
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  • 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.
a lot, a great/large number, a great/large quantity, host, horde, mass, mountain, droves, swarm, army, legion, sea, abundance, profusion;
scores, quantities
informal lots, loads, masses, stacks, heaps, tons, dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, zillions
British informal shedload
North American informal slew, gazillions, bazillions, gobs
Australian/New Zealand informal swag
vulgar slang shitload
1.1 (the multitude) The mass of ordinary people without power or influence: placing ultimate political power in the hands of the multitude
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  • 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.
crowd, gathering, assembly, group, assemblage, congregation, flock, throng, horde, mob
rare concourse
the common people, the populace, the public, the people, the masses, the rank and file, the crowd, the commonality, the commonalty, the third estate, the plebeians;
the hoi polloi, the mob, the proletariat, the common herd, the rabble, the riff-raff, the canaille, the great unwashed, the ragtag (and bobtail), proles, plebs
1.2 [mass noun] archaic The state of being numerous: they would swarm over the river in their multitude


a multitude of sins

A great number of problems or defects: stucco could cover a multitude of sins, including poor brickwork
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  • The umbrella term ' technology ' covers a multitude of sins.
  • No doubt, the subtropical climate has covered a multitude of sins with greenery.
  • This novelty helped, at least to some extent, to "cover a multitude of sins."


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

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