mul·​ti·​far·​i·​ous | \ ˌməl-tə-ˈfer-ē-əs How to pronounce multifarious (audio) \

Definition of multifarious

: having or occurring in great variety : diverse participated in multifarious activities in high school

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multifariousness noun

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Examples of multifarious in a Sentence

the multifarious interests and activities in which Benjamin Franklin immersed himself
Recent Examples on the Web Dark Noise is multifarious: a multiracial, multifaith, multigender, multidisciplinary group of friends who occasionally collaborate and consistently support one another’s artistic and personal growth. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 Greater agility will be a highly sought after skill, as the type of issues facing leaders post-pandemic can be multifarious. Sairah Ashman, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Joined by thousands of concerned citizens and multifarious experts, an epic and terrifying battle of constantly changing unknowns had to be won to save them. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Frank’s multifarious compositions have been performed by orchestras across the nation, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Diego Symphony. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 The technical causes of these deaths are multifarious, and yet one variable stands out: A disproportionate number of the deceased did not have access to air-conditioning. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 30 June 2021 Other members of that now-defunct conclave are folks Otash has crossed paths with in the course of multifarious doings. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 11 June 2021 But the multifarious state of the reckoning is very much an argument for a commission. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 20 May 2021 With a multifarious career that has won her an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and three Golden Globes, the diva's brilliance lies in her ability to commit herself utterly without ever taking herself too seriously. CNN, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of multifarious

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multifarious

Medieval Latin multifarius, from Latin multifariam in many places

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“Multifarious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multifarious

: of many and various kinds


mul·​ti·​far·​i·​ous | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈfar-ē-əs How to pronounce multifarious (audio) \

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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multifariousness noun

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