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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
And, of course, New York City’s Chinatown is known for its plethora of dim sum eateries.
With any plethora of plays to call in that situation, the team picked a jumbo set, piling in large bodies and prepping for a grinding run up the middle.
The styling exercise was joined by additional engine choices and a plethora of technological improvements including a rear camera, heated seats, parking assist, fuel-saving engine start/stop, and electronic safety aids.
With him on the field, Stoke are able to alter their game plan to a more direct approach, laden with long balls and a plethora of crosses into the box.
Over the course of his life, Milne wrote seven novels, five nonfiction books and 34 plays, in addition to a plethora of short stories and magazine articles.
The graphics went out to a plethora of 2019 players.
In addition to the plethora of research-themed university booths, ACCeleration boasted a wide range of live performances.
Cubs hitters have been shut down, due in large part to their inability to capitalize on early rallies and failure to adjust to the plethora of high fastballs thrown by Dodgers relievers.
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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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