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plethora

Definition:

extreme excess

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Related to:

plethoric

Plural:

plethoras

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

redundancy

Etymology:

a medical word for "excess of body fluid", from Late Latin plethora, from Greek...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

plethora | overabundance [synonym, sense-specific]

superfluity or excess; overabundance | [pathology, obsolete] a condition caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels, characterized especially by ... (18 of 415 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

plethora | excess [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | abundance [synonym, sense-specific] | superfluity [synonym, sense-specific] | cornucopia [synonym, sense-specific] | feast [synonym, sense-specific] | plenitude [synonym, sense-specific] | plentitude [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion | "excess", "superfluity" ; also, ... (21 of 266 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

plethora | plethoric [derived]

a large or excessive amount of something | [medicine] : an excess of a bodily fluid, particularly blood. Strictly, a plethora is not just an abundance ... (25 of 112 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Plethora [disambiguation]

may refer to: Overabundance, e.g. hypervolemia when referring to blood | Flushing (physiology), caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels. This usage of the term is rather obsolete (27 of 94 words, 2 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

plethora | plethoras [plural] | glut [synonym, sense-specific] | myriad [synonym, sense-specific] | surfeit [synonym, sense-specific] | superfluity [synonym, sense-specific] | slew [synonym, sense-specific]

[followed by] An excessive amount or number; an abundance. | [medicine, archaic] An excess of red blood cells or bodily humours. (20 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

plethora [slightly formal]

a very large amount of something, especially a larger amount than you need, want or can deal with (18 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plethora

New World Dictionary:

plethora

the state of being too full; overabundance; excess | an abnormal condition characterized by an excess of blood in the circulatory system or in some ... (24 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plethora

Random House Dictionary:

plethora

overabundance; excess. | [pathology, archaic] a morbid condition due to excess of red corpuscles in the blood or increase in the quantity of blood. (23 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plethora

American Heritage Dictionary:

plethora

A superabundance; an excess. | An excess of blood in the circulatory system or in one organ or area. (18 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

plethora [singular, formal]

a greater amount than you need or want (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plethora

Encarta Dictionary:

plethora

a very large amount of something or number of things, especially an excessive amount (formal) | an excess of blood in a part of the body, especially ... (26 of 82 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738544​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

plethora

First use: 1540s

Origin: a medical word for "excess of body fluid", from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore "fullness", from plethein "be full". ... (21 of 33 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=plethora

Oxford Dictionary:

plethora

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the medical sense): via late Latin from Greek plēthōrē, from plēthein "be full"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

plethora

Origin: Late Latin plēthōra, from Greek, from plēthein, to be full; see pelə- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

plethora | plethoras [plural]

Origin: Late Latin plethora (earlier pletura), from Ancient Greek πληθώρη (plēthōrē, "fullness"), from πλήθω (plēthō, "I fill").

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Collins Dictionary:

plethora

First use: 16th century

Origin: via Medieval Latin from Greek plēthōrē fullness, from plēthein to grow full

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plethora

Merriam-Webster:

plethora

First use: 1541

Origin: Medieval Latin, from Greek plēthōra, literally, fullness, from plēthein to be full

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New World Dictionary:

plethora

Origin: Medieval Latin from Greek plēthōrē from plēthein, to be "full"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plethora

Encarta Dictionary:

plethora

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: late Latin from Greek plēthorē from plēthein "be full"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738544​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

plethora | plethoras [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plethora"

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Collins Dictionary:

plethora

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "plethora"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

plethora [slightly formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "plethora"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "plethora"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

plethora [singular, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plethora"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

plethora [singular, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plethora"

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the Free Dictionary:

plethora

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Google Dictionary:

plethora | plethoras [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "plethora"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plethora

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plethora"

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YourDictionary Audio:

plethora

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freedictionary.org:

plethora

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