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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Multitude  \Mul"ti*tude\,  n.  [F.  multitude,  L.  multitudo, 
  multitudinis  fr  multus  much  many  of  unknown  origin.] 
  1.  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 
  2.  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.  --I. 
  A  multitude  of  flowers  As  countless  as  the  stars  on 
  high.  --Longfellow. 
  3.  The  state  of  being  many  numerousness. 
  They  came  as  grasshoppers  for  multitude.  --Judg.  vi 
  {The  multitude},  the  populace;  the  mass  of  men. 
  Syn:  Throng;  crowd;  assembly;  assemblage;  commonalty;  swarm; 
  populace;  vulgar.  See  {Throng}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  large  indefinite  number;  "a  battalion  of  ants";  "a 
  multitude  of  TV  antennas"  [syn:  {battalion},  {large 
  number},  {pack}] 
  2:  a  large  gathering  of  people  [syn:  {throng},  {concourse}] 
  3:  the  common  people  generally;  "separate  the  warriors  from  the 
  mass";  "power  to  the  people"  [syn:  {masses},  {mass},  {hoi 
  polloi},  {people}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MULTITUDE,  n.  A  crowd;  the  source  of  political  wisdom  and  virtue.  In 
  a  republic,  the  object  of  the  statesman's  adoration.  "In  a  multitude 
  of  consellors  there  is  wisdom,"  saith  the  proverb.  If  many  men  of 
  equal  individual  wisdom  are  wiser  than  any  one  of  them  it  must  be 
  that  they  acquire  the  excess  of  wisdom  by  the  mere  act  of  getting 
  together.  Whence  comes  it?  Obviously  from  nowhere  --  as  well  say 
  that  a  range  of  mountains  is  higher  than  the  single  mountains 
  composing  it  A  multitude  is  as  wise  as  its  wisest  member  if  it  obey 
  him  if  not  it  is  no  wiser  than  its  most  foolish. 

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