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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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the multifarious interests and activities in which Benjamin Franklin immersed himself
Recent Examples on the Web The powertrain, chassis, steering, and even the brake feel can be adjusted in multifarious ways, and the instrument cluster offers different display options. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 BMW M4 Competition Excels Where It Counts," 10 Mar. 2021 Speculation about realms under the sea, and dependence on water sources—lakes and wells and streams—gave rise to a multifarious population of watery beings, including rusalkas and undines and goblins. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, "Splash," 9 Mar. 2021 In the past, Democratic attempts at self-scrutiny have tended to yield somewhat mushy conclusions aimed at avoiding controversy across the party’s multifarious coalition. New York Times, "Democrats Beat Trump in 2020. Now They’re Asking: What Went Wrong?," 20 Feb. 2021 Disasters are by definition sudden and terrible, but their causes are typically complex and multifarious. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, "The United States Has Become a Disaster Area," 22 Sep. 2020 No, the Federal Writers Project’s greatest gift lay in introducing Americans to their multifarious, astonishing, broken country. David Kipen, Los Angeles Times, "85 years ago, FDR saved American writers. Could it ever happen again?," 6 May 2020 James sustained his multifarious career as a writer and TV personality for decades, before stepping away from his television show in 2001., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Nov. 2019 Many in Russia are reluctant to place the country in the position of a security provider because this would involve multifarious responsibilities. Madeline Roache, Time, "30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia Is Only Pretending to Be a Major Power," 9 Nov. 2019 Although a multi-day backpacking trip is the optimum way to experience the multifarious features of this unforgiving backcountry, there’s an easier way to get an overview of the canyon’s scale and diversity. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Sycamore Canyon hike has dramatic views, but don't venture over the edge unprepared," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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16 Mar 2021

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“Multifarious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multifarious

formal : 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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