Definition of multifarious in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌməltəˈferēəs/


1Many and of various types: multifarious activities
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  • Born in Austro-Hungary, he went to the United States in 1842 and to California in 1849, where he engaged in multifarious activities, including politics, horticulture, and gold-refining.
  • I too enjoyed the multifarious offerings of the Glasgow Art Fair, and had a good ponder over Glasgow's International Art Festival contributions.
  • After traversing multifarious crossroads, we arrived at a walled courtyard complex which, turned out to be the habitat of the friends I made last summer in Beijing.
1.1Having many varied parts or aspects: a vast multifarious organization
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  • One must be aware of the fact that Egyptian political culture is multifarious, and given the brevity of this paper it would be illogical to attempt to fully examine every part of society.
  • Two years ago there was no doubt about who was number one in the Indian satellite market; today, that same pioneer is number three, even as the company's empire has become huge and multifarious.
  • The multifarious diversity so characteristic of Prague court patronage helps to explain the almost contradictory and very varied nature of the art produced by the School of Prague.
diverse, many, numerous, various, varied, diversified, multiple, multitudinous, multiplex, manifold, multifaceted, different, heterogeneous, miscellaneous, assorted
literary myriad, divers



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  • Welles, as countless chat-show hosts would attest, was multifariously entertaining; he was never not performing.
  • The Twentieth Century often disastrously taught us that ideas of the nation can be interpreted in many ways, and likewise, ideas of ‘the global’ are contested meta-structures that can be multifariously interpreted.
  • The example is simple, but the uses of the object can be elaborately, multifariously clever.


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  • He mines the multifariousness of his life to produce the multifariousness of his work: science vs. humanities, performing art vs. creative art.
  • The cultural context in which Dickens worked demanded both a retrospect and a direct response to the multifariousness and disconnectedness of modern urbanized life.
  • Akron / Family's debut was a potluck affair - more trash than treasure, multifariousness its biggest appeal.


Late 16th century: from Latin multifarius + -ous.

Words that rhyme with multifarious

Aquarius, calcareous, Darius, denarius, gregarious, hilarious, nefarious, omnifarious, precarious, Sagittarius, senarius, Stradivarius, temerarious, various, vicarious

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Syllabification: mul·ti·far·i·ous

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