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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
Karlson brings not only extensive Valentine knowledge and lore but also a plethora of supplies.
The open house features a plethora of hands-on activities, tours and demonstrations.
Leave it to Reddit to get into the nitty-gritty of breaking down this lipline woe: a post in the r/MakeupAddiction subreddit spurred a plethora of tips on applying lipstick for those with unsteady hands.
In the decades since then, the plethora of new, crazy-expensive stadiums built in America has included many with retractable rooves: those that can slide open when the sun shines and close the lid when the rain comes.
Apple revealed Wednesday a plethora of new features and upgrades coming to the iPhone and iPad with the iOS 11.3 upgrade due out in the spring.
The red carpets during awards season is often dominated by a plethora of sleeveless and strapless gowns.
The evolution of New York City's ballroom scene over the past three decades has led to a plethora of stories about the fabulous-nightlife event created by Black and Brown LGBTQ youth.
The entire house feels secluded, thanks to a privacy fence and a plethora of greenery outside.
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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
medical Definition of plethora
plethoricplay \plə-ˈthȯr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈpleth-ə-rik\ adjective
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