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multitude

noun abundance, accumulation, amassment, army, array, assemblage, assembly, band, bevy, body, cluster, collection, conglomeration, covey, crowd, cumulation, drove, flock, force, herd, horde, host, legion, magnitude, mass, masses, multiplicity, numbers, numerosity, plurality, populace, profusion, quantity, scores, swarm, throng, troupe, volume
See also: assemblage, assembly, body, collection, conglomeration, congregation, mass, plurality, populace, quantity

MULTITUDE. The meaning of this word is not very certain. By some it is said that to make a multitude there must be ten persons at least, while others contend that the law has not fixed any number. Co. Litt. 257.

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It got to be pitch dark, at last, and the multitude groaned with horror to feel the cold uncanny night breezes fan through the place and see the stars come out and twinkle in the sky.
The whole steamer from end to end rang with frantic cheering that was taken up first by one and then by all in the crowding multitude of ships and boats that was driving out to sea.
that multitude, too stupid to feel either pity or fear.
And the incorruptible Professor walked too, averting his eyes from the odious multitude of mankind.
However, granting it is there, that is no reason why I am bound to believe the stories of all those Amadises and of all that multitude of knights they tell us about, nor is it reasonable that a man like your worship, so worthy, and with so many good qualities, and endowed with such a good understanding, should allow himself to be persuaded that such wild crazy things as are written in those absurd books of chivalry are really true.
When at some distance from the multitude, the old man turned slowly round, displaying a face of antique majesty, rendered doubly venerable by the hoary beard that descended on his breast.
Sir Edmund Andros looked at the old man; then he cast his hard and cruel eye over the multitude, and beheld them burning with that lurid wrath, so difficult to kindle or to quench; and again he fixed his gaze on the aged form, which stood obscurely in an open space, where neither friend nor foe had thrust himself.
The Frenchman and the two Americans had by this time entered the enclosure reserved in the center of the multitude.
After the visitor had gone a brilliant and gorgeous city appeared upon the mountain top, clearly visible to the eyes of the gaily dressed multitude of Phanfasms that lived there.
Discerning the impracticable state of the poor culprit's mind, the elder clergyman, who had carefully prepared himself for the occasion, addressed to the multitude a discourse on sin, in all its branches, but with continual reference to the ignominious letter.
This feat of horsemanship again attracted the applause of the multitude.
Suddenly the multitude rolled backward, and approached the spot where he himself stood.