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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
Hard to disagree, given that plethora of positive mass-media Pride mentions and the fact that mass-market all-American retailers like Target are highlighting the month with special displays.
On Friday, as Conte's real accounts did battle with a plethora of fake accounts that have sprung up in recent days, the 5-Star spokesman made a point to inform journalists of the accurate addresses and handles, lest anyone get confused.
With a plethora of products on the market for women, men are often left with few options to refresh and renew.
With this plethora of problems, how are Hamilton County voters supposed to approve a potential transit tax?
The high dew points and recent plethora of rain will likely result in widespread areas of fog by Sunday morning.
But while the plethora of new options and tailored advice for female finances are a big step for women, is all the feminine frippery really necessary?
The plethora of sites adds weight to the idea of purposeful settlement.
This team was built to bomb 3's and outshoot any mistakes, especially the plethora on the defensive end.
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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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