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multifarious

[muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uh s] /ˌmʌl təˈfɛər i əs/
adjective
1.
having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
2.
numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold:
multifarious activities.
Origin
1585-1595
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
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  • In a nearby building the state has opened a museum containing multifarious Roosevelt mementos from all over the world.
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British Dictionary definitions for multifarious

multifarious

/ˌmʌltɪˈfɛərɪəs/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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