Definition of multifarious
: having or occurring in great variety : diverse participated in multifarious activities in high school
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Examples of multifarious in a Sentence
the multifarious interests and activities in which Benjamin Franklin immersed himself
Recent Examples of multifarious from the Web
The increase is the result of a new goods and services tax (GST), introduced at midnight Saturday, which has turned India's multifarious state tax regimes into a single market for the first time.
Fittingly, his wonderfully multifarious work drew — often simultaneously — from a panoply of familiar and foreign (at least to many Western listeners) traditions.
In truth, our president matches only some aspects of Mangan’s personality because, like all of Shaw’s characters, Mangan is multifarious.
The pianist seemed to my ears to be insightfully examining Beethoven’s process of grieving the loss of his hearing, the multifarious emotions flying forth.
Far beyond Syria, as well, many millions of people bear indelible memories of the conflict’s multifarious savageries, thanks to the numbing barrage of videos that have been posted on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube.
No other form of writing feels so strange, so multifarious, so completely and utterly new.
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Was multifarious Used in Medieval Times?
Dictionary makers have dated the first appearance of "multifarious" in print as 1593 - and rightly so - but before that time another word similar in form and meaning was being used: multifary, meaning "in many ways" and appearing (and disappearing) in the 15th century. Before either of the English words existed, there was the Medieval Latin word multifarius (same meaning as "multifarious"), from Latin multifariam, meaning "in many places or "on many sides." "Multi-," as you may know, is a combining form meaning "many." A relative of "multifarious" in English is "omnifarious" ("of all varieties, forms, or kinds"), created with "omni-" ("all") rather than "multi-."
Origin and Etymology of multifarious
Medieval Latin multifarius, from Latin multifariam in many places
First Known Use: 1593See Words from the same year
MULTIFARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of multifarious for English Language Learners
: of many and various kinds
Legal Definition of multifarious
: having or occurring in great variety : diverse; also : uniting usually in an improper way distinct and independent matters, subjects, or causes point one is multifarious, and we must break it down for analysis: a) the alleged reformation of the decree; and b) the order that appellant pay — Spradley v. Hutchison, 787 S.W.2d 214 (1990) — compare misjoinder
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