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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
The staff this week tried to pinpoint the reasons behind the plethora of mistakes.
As the game opened up, a plethora of chances fell the way of either side, as counter-attacking football became the theme for the remainder of the half.
Before a plethora of Instagram celebrities did, Tyra understood the idea of using her platform to engage with her community and build her brand at the expense of someone else’s dollar.
With so much to love, the present owners have a difficult time pinpointing which of the plethora of amazing features originally sold them on the farmhouse.
In a way, this plethora of definitions helps prove Darwin’s point: The idea of a species is ultimately a human construct.
Understandably, many patients choose the latter, exposing them to a plethora of side effects and the risk of addiction.
Ahmmon Richards went on to break Michael Irvin’s 31-year-old freshman receiving record and earned all kinds of postseason recognition, most notably being named a Freshman All-American by a plethora of media outlets, including USA Today and ESPN.
But for those of us who want more control over what our wearable tracks, Garmin gives you a plethora of options to customize your workout experience.
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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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