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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
But there remains even today a plethora of marble Roman and Greek statues.
Most of the B&Bs are located within Urtsadzor—a CWR village known for white storks and a plethora of butterfly species.
While a plethora of New Yorkers were mourning the loss of Michael Bloomberg as the mayor of New York City, the politician was celebrating - at least, to a certain extent.
Niger, in particular, faces a plethora of problems.
Just over half thought that children would have become worse at delaying gratification—perhaps thinking about a plethora of recent of studies into the supposedly deleterious effects of modern technology.
Nothing in a plethora of YouTube videos Hicks has posted.
From there, police began to drag the protesters out, lifting some completely out of their wheelchairs, as evidenced by the plethora of horrifying videos and photos shared on social media.
Also a member of the U.S. under-19 national team, Popper has a plethora of international experience.
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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."
Synonymsabundance, cornucopia, feast, plenitude, plentitude, plenty, superabundance, wealth
Antonymsdeficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency, undersupply
Related Wordsadequacy, competence, competency, sufficiency; ampleness, amplitude, liberality; excess, overdose, overflow, overkill, oversupply, redundancy, superfluity, superfluousness, surfeit, surplus; copiousness, fecundity, fertility, fruitfulness, opulence, richness; lavishness, luxuriance
Near Antonymspaucity, poverty, scarcity; barrenness, infertility, sterility
PLETHORA Defined for English Language Learners
medical Definition of plethora
plethoricplay \plə-ˈthȯr-ik, ple-, -ˈthär-; ˈpleth-ə-rik\ adjective
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