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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
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
… 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
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
At the same time, Hockenos leaves out so much, and deluges the innocent reader with such a plethora of undescribed bands and techno D.J.s and communes and protest movements that the book turns into something of an obsessive blur.
That line-item was among a plethora of vetoes Gov. Rick Scott handed down Friday evening.
They also are known for inexpensive tacos and a plethora of adult entertainment options.
Wire has blown up this spring, with offers pouring in from a plethora of premier programs, including LSU and Alabama.
That gives 6-foot senior setter Danny Voronov a plethora of options.
If an attacker does not back down, the black mamba will strike it over and over, injecting a plethora of potent neurotoxins each time.
First released in 2001 as a video game, the Halo world can now be found in a plethora of books, graphic novels, comics, collectibles, home-brew video (Machinima loves Halo forge), and possibly a movie.
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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."
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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