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plethora

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noun pleth·o·ra \ˈple-thə-rə\

Simple Definition of plethora

  • : a very large amount or number : an amount that is much greater than what is necessary

Full Definition of plethora

  1. 1 :  a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion

  2. 2 :  excess, superfluity; also :  profusion, abundance

ple·tho·ric play \plə-ˈthȯr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈple-thə-rik\ adjective

Examples of plethora

  1. There has been a plethora of plays in recent years whose claim to modernity is based on indicated rather than felt emotion. —Arthur Miller, Harper's, March 1999

  2. The plethora of short-lived ceasefires in the Balkans and the Caucasus constitute proof that we are no longer in a world where the old rules of state warfare apply. —Robert D. Kaplan, Atlantic, February 1994

  3. In their view, there are the very few hard-pressed good guys losing the landscape to a plethora of bad guys. —Carol Bly, Letters from the Country, 1981

  4. … served at the long plank table in the banquet hut, amid a plethora of toasts to progress, amity, and the overthrow of imperialism—the meal passed in a blur. —John Updike, Trust Me, (1962) 1987

  5. A plethora of books have been written on the subject.

  6. <a biology textbook that is helpfully illustrated with a plethora of excellent illustrations>



Origin of plethora

Medieval Latin, from Greek plēthōra, literally, fullness, from plēthein to be full — more at full


First Known Use: 1541


Medical Dictionary

plethora

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noun pleth·o·ra \ˈpleth-ə-rə\

Medical Definition of plethora

  1. :  a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a reddish complexion

  2. ple·tho·ric \plə-ˈthȯr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈpleth-ə-rik\play play adjective





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