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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
Barrigan-Parrilla said that, aside from the plethora of lawsuits already filed challenging the case on environmental grounds, Metropolitan's decision Tuesday to finance the farmers' share of the project could violate Proposition 218.
In the 1990s, before the plethora of gourmet coffee shops filled the streets of downtown Phoenix, Serafine and Daniel Wayne were baristas at Coffee Plantation at Biltmore Fashion Park.
Now that Spring has arrived, volunteers at the Fort Bend County Master Gardener Program are busy with a plethora of horticulture projects designed to help people learn about plants, gardening and composting among other things.
We, the listening public, have been blessed with a plethora of girl power anthems that make for ultra-motivating, confidence-boosting workout jams.
Grether continues to oversee daily operations of the streetcar, plagued by a plethora of problems ever since the conductor sounded the first whistle on Sept. 9, 2016.
The young boys in question were abused at Bennell's home, which they were lured into staying at by Bennell's plethora of video games and exotic pets.
Production is handled by a plethora of beat-crafting savants and hip-hop mainstays.
Hipster Mountain Rangers Blending-in is the new standing-out, as evidenced by this new plethora of busy camouflage-prints.
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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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