Definitions for multitude
ˈmʌl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyudmul·ti·tude
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battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, packnoun
a large indefinite number
"a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"
multitude, throng, concoursenoun
a large gathering of people
multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashednoun
the common people generally
"separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
A great amount or number, often of people.
The mass of ordinary people; the populous or the masses
Etymology: From multitude, multitude, and their source, multitudo.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: multitude, Fr. multitudo, Lat.
It is impossible that any multitude can be actually infinite, or so great that there cannot be a greater. Matthew Hale.
It is a fault in a multitude of preachers, that they utterly neglect method in their harangues. Isaac Watts.
He the vast hissing multitude admires. Addison.
Multitude is a term for a group of people who cannot be classed under any other distinct category, except for their shared fact of existence. Though its use dates back to antiquity, the term first entered into the lexicon of political philosophy when it was used by figures like Machiavelli, Hobbes, and most notably, Spinoza. The multitude is a concept of a population that has not entered into a social contract with a sovereign political body, such that individuals retain the capacity for political self-determination. A multitude typically is classified as a quantity exceeding 100. For Hobbes the multitude was a rabble that needed to enact a social contract with a monarch, thus turning them from a multitude into a people. For Machiavelli and Spinoza both, the role of the multitude vacillates between admiration and contempt. Recently the term has returned to prominence as a new model of resistance against global systems of power as described by political theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in their international best-seller Empire (2000) and expanded upon in their Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004). Other theorists recently began to use the term include political thinkers associated with autonomist Marxism and its sequelae, including Sylvère Lotringer, Paolo Virno, and thinkers connected with the eponymous review Multitudes.
A multitude refers to a large number of people, items, or things. It can also refer to the mass or the general public.
a great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly
a great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares
the state of being many; numerousness
Multitude is a political term first used by Machiavelli and reiterated by Spinoza. Recently the term has returned to prominence because of its conceptualization as a new model of resistance against the global capitalist system as described by political theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri in their international best-seller Empire and expanded upon in their Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire. Other theorists recently to use the term include political thinkers associated with Autonomist Marxism and its sequelae, including Sylvère Lotringer, Paolo Virno, and thinkers connected with the eponymous review Multitudes.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mul′ti-tūd, n. the state of being many: a great number of individuals: a crowd: the vulgar or common people.—adjs. Multitud′inary (rare); Multitud′inous, consisting of, or having the appearance of, a multitude.—adv. Multitud′inously.—n. Multitud′inousness, the state or quality of being multitudinous. [Fr.,—L. multitudo—multus, many.]
The numerical value of multitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of multitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.
Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.
The multitude of books is making us ignorant.
In the short to medium-term this is a completely unrealistic option, and statements coming out of the likes of England are Germany are simply shots across the bows of FIFA, longer term, it is a possibility... but it's a big call for the dissenting nations as it would create a multitude of political and organizational problems for domestic and continental associations.
One person put up that noose, but this is the multitude of people who got together to say that's not the Duke we want, that's not the Duke we're here for, and that's not the Duke we're here to create.
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- ramatCatalan, Valencian
- Menge, VielzahlGerman
- μάζα, πλήθοςGreek
- mòr-sluaghScottish Gaelic
- շատություն, բազմություն, ամբոխArmenian
- tini ngerongero, mātinitini, ngero, nuipuku, ngerongeroMāori
- multidão, massa, povoPortuguese
- ма́сса, мно́жествоRussian
- pȗk, màsa, mnòštvo, gòmila, svjètinaSerbo-Croatian
- అధిక మొత్తము, జనబాహుళ్యముTelugu
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