A Word A Day : Plethora
HAPPY NEW YEAR : 2008
Tuesday, 1st January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : plé-tho-raa
1. a very large amount of something or number of things, especially an excessive amount ( formal )
2. an excess of blood in a part of the body, especially in the facial veins, causing a ruddy complexion
3. a condition of going or being beyond what is needed, desired, or appropriate
4. the attribute of being superfluous and unneeded
Mid-16th century - Via late Latin - Greek plēthorē - plēthein - be full
deluge, flood, glut, many, much, overflow, overkill, overmuch, plenty, profusion, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus,embarrassment, excess, excessiveness, exorbitance, extravagance, extravagancy, extravagantness, overabundance, superabundance, superfluousness
dearth, few, lack, little, need, rarity, scarcity, want
• I have a plethora
of potentially putrid puzzlers.
• This library contains a plethora
of new scholarly articles on the subject.
• The mind of man can scarce conceive the plethora
of carnivorous life in this lost world.
• We ate a plethora
of candy on Halloween and a plethora
of turkey on Thanksgiving.
• Letting the air force use our backyard as a bombing range created a plethora
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