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  • n. Plural form of multitude.
  • n. The mass of ordinary people; the populous or the masses.


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  • I disagreed, stating hotly that of course I can; I am large, I contain multitudes!


  • For a quick reality test lets recall a paraphrase from Galileo: In matters of science, the opinions of the multitudes is not worth the humble reasoning of a single man.

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  • And, I suppose, that's the whole point of an avatar, to playfully represent a single aspect of a multi-dimensional person (or multi-dimensional personality - Harlan Ellison used to joke, I am complex, I contain multitudes, I contradict myself, get over it).

    What's in a name?

  • And "lesser" specialists can learn whatever they want about their discipline or cross-company practices – and build-up new skills – from the internet and the blogs throwing open the doors on the "secrets" of professions in multitudes …

    Knowing me, knowing you « Innovation Cloud

  • The whole valley shimmered under a double layer of lights last night -- normal electric ones, and crazy flares of black powder, in multitudes of colors, shapes, and patterns.

    Archive 2005-07-03

  • To dramatize his message he called the multitudes down to wash themselves of sinful disobedience in the place at the Jordan River in the same place where Joshua had led them into the Promised Land.

    Between hope and hopelessness

  • And yet, while we shudder and recoil in horror from such brutality and sadism; while admittedly we have made comparative giant strides toward brotherhood in many areas, nevertheless "by gentleman's agreement" we still exclude vast multitudes from the full and equal opportunity which genuine brotherhood would demand.

    The Price of Brotherhood

  • An enormous mass of restless humanity rolls about in every direction, and the provision for the accommodation of such multitudes is very different from what travelers formerly required.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • The prophet stood at the gate of the temple in order that the multitudes from the country might hear him.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • "You shall be gathered one by one, not in multitudes, not in troops forcing your way; but silently, and as it were by stealth, dropping in, first one, and then another."

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)


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  • Apparently at least some of these are in Ralph Waldo Emerson

    December 6, 2006