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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
On the other hand, the rise of sneakers as sartorial statements provides women with a way to be comfortable and chic, especially thanks to the plethora of top designers and labels who have made casual kicks a status symbol.
Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press The metro area is home to a plethora of Middle Eastern restaurants, and there are plenty of Middle Eastern-style foods found on other restaurant menus, too.
Two of the greatest all-time in pro wrestling and pop culture, fans can listen to a plethora of their anecdotes and stories as well as ask them questions.
The other components are easy to swap out, too, thanks to a plethora of Phillips head screws.
This free, three-day festival celebrates the Kenai River with a plethora of family friendly activities, including live music, kids activities, food booths and an artisans market.
After the 17-team field for the upcoming NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse tournament was unveiled, Hardt, who chairs the selection committee, made the rounds with a plethora of media outlets.
Thanks to the plethora of cameras, the person among 300 million having a really bad day becomes a delightful segment.
Howard County is home to a plethora of dining experiences, from classic American to ethnic delicacies.
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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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