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Examples of plethora in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- … 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
- 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
A plethora of books have been written on the subject.
a biology textbook that is helpfully illustrated with a plethora of excellent illustrations
Recent Examples of plethora from the Web
That is, the progressive anti-Trump energy driving the party is leading to a plethora of messy Democratic primaries and some serious differences over how to approach them.
What makes Russell's selection particularly agonizing for the Raiders is the plethora of great talent that was selected after him in the 2007 draft.
Luckily, there is a plethora of affordable summer day camps and other programs throughout the suburbs south of Boston.
That means there will be a plethora of conversations about politics at the Festival of Books.
In this era, there is a plethora of players who have signature models, but does any tandem stand out?
We have become locked into our own data shadows and our lives are flooded with a plethora of endless permutations.
But Netflix isn't just bringing us classic films this month—there's also plethora of brand-new original titles that are sure to be binge-able.
Bubblegum, watermelon, millennial — there are a plethora of pink hair colors out there to experiment with.
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Did You Know?
Plethora comes from a similar Greek word meaning "fullness." It was first used in English in the 16th century to describe a supposed medical condition marked by an excess volume of blood causing swelling and a reddish complexion. Later, the medical use of "plethora" was extended to indicate related medical conditions (such as an excess volume of bodily fluid or the red-skinned appearance of some newborns). These days, however, "plethora" is more often used in a general, non-medical sense, with the meaning "excess" or "abundance."
embarrassment of riches;
PLETHORA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plethora for English Language Learners
: a very large amount or number : an amount that is much greater than what is necessary
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