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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
Locals still report lurking fighters and suspicious packages to the plethora of security forces in the city.
With a plethora of choreographers teaching the steps in classes across the world, pop stars like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and FKA twigs are showcasing the style in their videos.
And that's just one of a plethora of products and services available to owners to memorialize their pets.
My Friends are the most popular, but there is a plethora of apps that allow a user to track or be tracked.
Head back into downtown Racine along Main Street for a plethora of shopping and art galleries, jewelers and potters just steps from the lake.
Now Barbie has a plethora of dating choices in differing skin tones, hair styles and body shapes (short, out-of-shape, skinny, etc.)
Journalists could spend more time reporting and writing, aided by a plethora of assistive writing tools, while detectives could analyze the contradictions in suspect testimony earlier.
Now Wells Fargo is facing a plethora of ongoing investigations by various authorities, including criminal probes by the Justice Department and the California attorney general.
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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
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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