adjective of very many different kinds: her multifarious business activities — multifariously adverb — multifariousness noun (U)

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  • multifarious — mul·ti·far·i·ous /ˌməl ti far ē əs/ adj: having or occurring in great variety: diverse; also: uniting usu. in an improper way distinct and independent matters, subjects, or causes point one is multifarious, and we must break it down for analysis …   Law dictionary

  • Multifarious — Mul ti*fa ri*ous, a. [L. multifarius; multus much, many. Cf. {Bifarious}.] 1. Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold. [1913 Webster] There is a multifarious …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • multifarious — (adj.) 1590s, from L. multifarius manifold, from multifariam (adv.) on many sides; in many places or parts, perhaps originally that which can be expressed in many ways, from multi many (see MULTI (Cf. multi )) + fariam, adverbial suffix (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • multifarious — divers, numerous, various, *many, several, sundry Analogous words: disparate, diverse, divergent, *different: incongruous, incompatible, uncongenial, discrepant, discordant, *inconsonant, inconsistent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • multifarious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having great variety and diversity; many and varied. ORIGIN Latin multifarius …   English terms dictionary

  • multifarious — [mul΄tə far′ē əs, mul′təfer′ē əs] adj. [L multifarius, manifold < multi ,MULTI + farius, as in bifarius: see BIFARIOUS] having many kinds of parts or elements; of great variety; diverse; manifold multifariously adv. multifariousness n …   English World dictionary

  • multifarious — [[t]mʌ̱ltɪfe͟əriəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe things as multifarious, you mean that they are many in number and of many different kinds. [LITERARY] Spain is a composite of multifarious traditions and people... The reasons for closure are… …   English dictionary

  • multifarious — multiple / multifarious [adj] diversified, miscellaneous assorted, collective, conglomerate, different, diverse, diversiform, heterogeneous, indiscriminate, legion, manifold, many, mixed, motley, multiform, multiplex, multitudinal, multitudinous …   New thesaurus

  • multifarious — multifariously, adv. multifariousness, n. /mul teuh fair ee euhs/, adj. 1. having many different parts, elements, forms, etc. 2. numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities. [1585 95; < LL multifarius many sided,… …   Universalium

  • multifarious — adjective /ˈmʌl.tɪˌfeə(ɹ).ɪi.ʌs,ˈmʌl.tɪiˌfeə(ɹ).ɪi.ʌs/ Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold. It is divided into parts that are too small and multifarious …   Wiktionary

  • multifarious — mul|ti|far|i|ous [ˌmʌltıˈfeəriəs US ˈfer ] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: multifarius] of many different kinds ▪ multifarious business activities …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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