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  • 1Many and of various types.

    ‘multifarious activities’
    • ‘Born in Austro-Hungary, he went to the United States in 1842 and to California in 1849, where he engaged in multifarious activities, including politics, horticulture, and gold-refining.’
    • ‘I too enjoyed the multifarious offerings of the Glasgow Art Fair, and had a good ponder over Glasgow's International Art Festival contributions.’
    • ‘After traversing multifarious crossroads, we arrived at a walled courtyard complex which, turned out to be the habitat of the friends I made last summer in Beijing.’
    • ‘Did he shoot hundreds of exposures, as fashion photographers do, examining them later in the darkroom to see which of the multifarious images was ‘the one’?’
    • ‘Of course, there will be more attacks: the country's enemies are multifarious and growing in number by the day.’
    • ‘The president should call a meeting of core groups of leaders regardless of political affiliation to help tackle the nation's multifarious critical problems.’
    • ‘And those groups are so multifarious that the president's freedom of maneuver will be significantly curtailed.’
    • ‘Although, thanks to my multifarious activities, I was never quite broke, I knew plenty of contemporaries who were.’
    • ‘These wide-ranging and multifarious activities on behalf of modern sacred music began in a humble southern German sheet-music publishing house.’
    • ‘Secret formulae are invented to create inks to print, in multifarious shades of colour, on specially calibrated paper, to defy counterfeit.’
    • ‘Sylvia was in charge and dealt very efficiently, single handed, with the multifarious problems that come an embassy's way, in times normal and abnormal.’
    • ‘Yet another dimension is that regulators find it increasingly difficult to monitor the multifarious activities of the multinational, multifunctional bank.’
    • ‘Functionally, it is used to host conferences and meetings for the aluminium industry and to inform the public of the multifarious creative uses of assorted aluminium products.’
    • ‘Since 1996, when UNESCO declared April 23 as the World Book and Copyright Day, people across the world have been promoting books, reading, literacy and culture in multifarious ways.’
    • ‘For the next fortnight Aquarian Venus busily stretches your social horizons, whirling and swirling you through various, multifarious, interesting new possibilities.’
    • ‘In the end it became very difficult to live with all the multifarious characters that inhabited his persona.’
    • ‘And if you have an aversion to the colour brown in all its multifarious shades, be warned: it's everywhere - flooring, panelling, furniture etc.’
    • ‘S.K. Vasistha's article enabled older readers to recollect the joys and pleasures of listening to the multifarious programmes broadcast on the radio once upon a time.’
    • ‘It is perhaps not surprising that the ebullient Minister, harassed by multifarious problems from all quarters, has lost his cool.’
    • ‘Clearly, given the magnitude of the task, there is no single response to the multifarious aspects of international criminality.’
    numerous, a good deal of, a great deal of, a lot of, a great number of, a large number of, great quantities of, plenty of, countless, innumerable, scores of, crowds of, droves of, an army of, a horde of, a multitude of, a multiplicity of, multitudinous, numberless, multiple, untold
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    1. 1.1Having many varied parts or aspects.
      ‘a vast multifarious organization’
      • ‘One must be aware of the fact that Egyptian political culture is multifarious, and given the brevity of this paper it would be illogical to attempt to fully examine every part of society.’
      • ‘Two years ago there was no doubt about who was number one in the Indian satellite market; today, that same pioneer is number three, even as the company's empire has become huge and multifarious.’
      • ‘The multifarious diversity so characteristic of Prague court patronage helps to explain the almost contradictory and very varied nature of the art produced by the School of Prague.’
      • ‘In the French islands of the archipelago and in the former Spanish territories, such families are Creoles, and see themselves as part of a local, complex, multifarious culture.’
      • ‘Once the important association between diplomacy and colonialism is outlined the book attempts to unweave the complex transformation from great political and diplomatic structures to a more multifarious international system.’
      • ‘You handle multifarious activity with wisdom and good judgment.’
      • ‘Jones's accents are mostly right, but her diverse body language and multifarious material are always spot-on.’
      • ‘You are busy and involved in multifarious activity today and need to avoid mental or physical stress.’
      • ‘However if the site can deliver on its promise of multifarious gameplay, then it should see a fair number of paying visitors to its virtual tropical island milieu.’
      • ‘He uses these two opposing genres not only for stylistic purposes, but also as a means to explore human dynamism, and the reality that identity is multifarious.’
      • ‘They had a multifarious style that mixed a variety of genres (I think the technical term is ‘crossover’).’
      • ‘Your contribution to European Letters is quite impressive and multifarious: ruminations on real estate, restaurant reviews, and the recent launch of a landmark birthday book series.’
      • ‘When do we start examining the upsides of fluid and multifarious attention, rather than popping off reactionary warnings about the dangers of being ‘addicted’ to communications?’
      • ‘Salamanca Place, site of an outstanding craft market and multifarious activity, lies beside the harbour.’
      • ‘It may also be a basic question of vantage point; the view of Boulevard du Temple is arguably the kind of multifarious photograph destined to be read like scattered small print.’
      • ‘But the genre (so multifarious that only the broadest use of the term is possible) resisted overt absorption into the national cultural life, which was a pity.’
      • ‘Also, since the 50% figure is assessed across the field of your investments, this suits thrifty savers with a huge and multifarious pension pot, not the buy-to-let landlady with a couple of properties.’
      • ‘Filmmakers like Bruno Dumont seem to possess an acuteness that allows them to disingenuously suggest the multifarious nature of the beauty and humour that comprise life.’
      • ‘Yellowstone does not have many small problems, it has one large one with many parts - namely, the multifarious damage to range and other wildlife perpetrated by overly abundant bison and elk.’
      • ‘Postcolonial studies in Australia have often failed to take full account of the multifarious nature of identity and ancestry that exists in the country.’
      diverse, many, numerous, various, varied, diversified, multiple, multitudinous, multiplex, manifold, multifaceted, legion, different, heterogeneous, eclectic, sundry, miscellaneous, assorted, variegated
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/ˌməltəˈferēəs/ /ˌməltəˈfɛriəs/


Late 16th century from Latin multifarius+ -ous.