Mul"ti*tude (?), n. [F. multitude, L. multitudo, multitudinis, fr. multus much, many; of unknown origin.]
A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them.
Matt. ix. 36.
A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares.
It is a fault in a multitude of preachers, that they uttery neglect method in their harangues.
A multitude of flowers
As countless as the stars on high.
The state of being many; numerousness.
They came as grasshoppers for multitude.
Judg. vi. 5.
The multitude, the populace; the mass of men.
Syn. -- Throng; crowd; assembly; assemblage; commonalty; swarm; populace; vulgar. See Throng.
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