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Multitude


MUL'TITUDE, noun [Latin multitudo, form multus, many.]

1. The state of being many; a great number.

2. A number collectively; the sum of many.

3. A great number, indefinitely.

It is a fault in a multitude of preachers, that they utterly neglect method in their harangues.

4. A crowd or throng; the populace; applied to the populace when assembled in great numbers, and to the mass of men without reference to an assemblage.

He the vast hissing multitude admires.

The multitude have always been credulous, and the few artful.