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[muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uh s] /ˌmʌl təˈfɛər i əs/
having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold:
multifarious activities.
Origin of multifarious
1585-95; < Late Latin multifārius many-sided, manifold, equivalent to Latin multifāri(am) on many sides + -us adj. suffix (see -ous); see multi-, bifarious
Related forms
multifariously, adverb
multifariousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for multifarious
  • The more open and multifarious the city becomes, the more it attracts people who want it to stay that way.
  • Informative endnotes round off a multifarious reading experience.
  • And fruit is far more complex and multifarious.
  • Cancer, it now appears, is far more multifarious than anyone imagined back in 1971.
  • She has never remarried, but she has many intense friendships, which constitute a kind of multifarious international bond.
  • So multifarious are his activities that they read like an encyclopedia of Southern agriculture.
  • So it may be a good time to take stock of his multifarious achievement by way of recordings.
  • These years are the period of his most multifarious poetizing.
  • In a nearby building the state has opened a museum containing multifarious Roosevelt mementos from all over the world.
  • Similar breadth of vision, coupled with firm control of multifarious detail, marks the organization of the whole book.
British Dictionary definitions for multifarious


having many parts of great variety
Derived Forms
multifariously, adverb
multifariousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin multifārius manifold, from Latin multifāriam on many sides
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Word Origin and History for multifarious

1590s, from Latin 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-) + -fariam, adverbial suffix (cf. bifariam "in two places"), from PIE *dwi-dhe- "making two." Related: Multifariously; multifariousness. Earlier forms of the word in English were multiphary (adv.); multipharie (adj.), both mid-15c.

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