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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And the plethora of morning news and business shows can make certain stories round-the-clock assignments.
▪ Despite a plethora of changes, the new models are just £295 more than the cars they replace.
▪ Set up a plethora of new commissions and executive agencies.
▪ The plethora of published research is testimony to this.
▪ The endemic hypochondria of the Texans was milked by a plethora of expensive clinics which most of them attended.
▪ Whatever the reason, the plethora of choices has increased the brutally competitive environment for fast-food restaurants in the past year.
▪ Why is there such a plethora of exotic phenomena at the centre, and how can they be explained?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plethora \Pleth"o*ra\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to be or become full. Cf. Pleonasm.]

  1. Overfullness; especially, excessive fullness of the blood vessels; repletion; that state of the blood vessels or of the system when the blood exceeds a healthy standard in quantity; hyper[ae]mia; -- opposed to an[ae]mia.

  2. State of being overfull; excess; superabundance.

    He labors under a plethora of wit and imagination.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, a medical word for "excess of body fluid," from Late Latin plethora, from Greek plethore "fullness," from plethein "be full" (see pleio-). Figurative meaning "too-muchness, overfullness in any respect" is first recorded 1700. Related: Plethoric.


n. 1 {{context|usually|followed by (term of English)|lang=en}} An excessive amount or number; an abundance. 2 (context medicine archaic English) An excess of red blood cells or bodily humours.


n. extreme excess; "an embarrassment of riches" [syn: overplus, superfluity, embarrassment]


Plethora may refer to:

  • Overabundance (disambiguation), e.g. hypervolemia when referring to blood
  • Flushing (physiology), caused by dilation of superficial blood vessels. This usage of the term is rather obsolete

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Usage examples of "plethora".

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Favorite Prescription, will generally prove successful in cases of amenorrhea resulting from plethora.

Everywhere he went, there seemed to be a plethora of baronial tabards, each bearing a different crest, although he knew that there were only a dozen or so barons that were fealty-bound to the Earl of LaMut.

Each bore an elaborately coifed wig complemented by a fabulous face created from the plethora of jars and pots and tubes and brushes that blanketed the rest of the tabletop.

Hissing commands and arguments in the native dialect, posturing herself to convey a plethora of kinesthetic signals: territorial combat fought with words and hisses, hierarchical issues resolved with the ruffling of fur, the stiffening of neck muscles.

Active nutrition, plethora of the circulation, vigorous secretion, a well developed muscular system, a large heart and lungs, are accessory conditions.

It was a plethora of speculation as fragmentary, it seemed to Malenfant, as the bone scraps on which it was based.

Sherlock Holmes, unleashed such a plethora of pastiches that you could not swing a cat without hitting a lost Watsonian manuscript, a number of excellent works have appeared recently.

Chamisaville state personnel, Loren McKay and Buddy Namath, who added nothing to the plethora of noninformation he already had.

Eons later in the Age of Romance, this likeness would inspire a plethora of sonnets by repressed ladies who played the spinet and reproduced parthenogenically by thinking of England.

Yet, despite the plethora of adventures he conjured up, cinching on a gunbelt and seating an Ingram Mac -11 submachinegun in the holster while high up in the Lorica Corporate Citadel at 1 in the morning had not been one of them.

They packed the orbital disembarkation station at Baltimore, jostling for position with irritated tourists and vacationers, while worrying about the plethora of illegal instruments and devices snuggled in their luggage.

The Marzili was a long, thin park sandwiched between the River Aare and a well-to-do residential area of Bern, both of which were overlooked by the Bundeshaus and a plethora of government buildings, including the Interpol building and the headquarters of the Federal Police.

When compared to the plethora of shapes that a noun can have, Quenya adjectives are quite restricted in form.

Them he branded, as hypocritical materialists, and the country for pride in her sweetmeat plethora of them:--mixed with an ancient Hebrew fear of offence to an inscrutable Lord, eccentrically appeasable through the dreary iteration of the litany of sinfulness.