What does multitude mean?

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ˈmʌl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyudmul·ti·tude

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. battalion, large number, multitude, plurality, packnoun

    a large indefinite number

    "a battalion of ants"; "a multitude of TV antennas"; "a plurality of religions"

  2. multitude, throng, concoursenoun

    a large gathering of people

  3. multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashednoun

    the common people generally

    "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"


  1. multitudenoun

    A great amount or number, often of people.

  2. multitudenoun

    The mass of ordinary people; the populous or the masses

  3. Etymology: From multitude, multitude, and their source, multitudo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MULTITUDEnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Multitudenoun

    a great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly

  2. Multitudenoun

    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

  3. Multitudenoun

    the state of being many; numerousness


  1. Multitude

    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

  1. Multitude

    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. multitudomultus, many.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of multitude in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of multitude in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of multitude in a Sentence

  1. Simon Chadwick:

    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.

  2. Kansas State spokesman Steve Logback:

    The university has a strong policy prohibiting discrimination, including sexual violence, and provides a multitude of resources and assistance to students.

  3. Book of Proverbs:

    Where no counsel is, the people fall but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

  4. John Owen:

    Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers.

  5. 1 Peter 47-8 Bible:

    The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

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