V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: an abundance or excess of something

Synonyms: excess, overabundance, overflow, overkill, surplus, plenty, profusion

Antonyms: deficiency, shortage, lack

Tips: Plethora is derived from the the Greek word for "to be full." Plethora is generally used with the word "of," and it can be interchanged with the words "plenty" or "abundance." If you have a plethora of something, you have plenty of it. Plethora has been used so often as a sophisticated way of describing abundance that it has lost some of its sophistication. Profusion may be a more sophisticated word to use in some instances.

Usage Examples:

I can't believe she bought another pair of shoes when she already has a plethora of them. (overabundance)

There seems to be a plethora of new movies to choose from every summer. (profusion, overkill)

Even though we saw a plethora of fish on our last boating trip, we didn't catch any. (profusion, abundance)

Of course you can invite your friends to the barbecue; we have a plethora of food. (excess, surplus)

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