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#140651 - 03/09/05 11:49 PM Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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Aggghh. Been pondering this for two days for an item I'm writing. Anyone have a good word that encompasses both "vast" and "diverse"?

Cheers!


#140652 - 03/10/05 12:03 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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Welcome EG.

Would something like multifarious do it?


[edited] to make it something more like a correctly spelled word! ;)

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=multifarious

#140653 - 03/10/05 12:06 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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myriad


#140654 - 03/10/05 12:24 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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hah - I had never come across the 10k definition before - so myriad can either be a specific number or an indefinite number!


#140655 - 03/10/05 04:48 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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ecumenical (in its secular sense)?


#140656 - 03/10/05 09:32 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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wide-ranging?


#140657 - 03/10/05 09:42 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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rich, comprehensive, universal, wideranging, multifunctional


#140658 - 03/10/05 10:30 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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Cosmos, maybe? But that’s a noun whereas vast and diverse are adjectives.

Heterogeneous? Plethoric? (from AHD: Plethoric: Excessive in quantity; superabundant: “this successful industry of England, with its plethoric wealth” (Thomas Carlyle). )

I tried the One-Look reverse definition for 'vast, varied' and got this list:

1. pandemic
2. panthalassa
3. panorama
4. panty girdle
5. panleukopenia
6. pandanus
7. pantagruel

Number 4. is quite baffling! I suppose some may be described as vast; it's all relative.


#140659 - 03/10/05 11:16 AM a universe of meaning  
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rich, comprehensive, universal, wideranging, multifunctional

Hey,wsieber. I think you're on to something there. There is nothing more vast and diverse than the universe.

If you're looking for something diverse
Not to mention vast, like time in reverse
You don't have to look far
Just look at a star
All atwinkle in God's universe.



#140660 - 03/10/05 11:51 AM Re: Need a synonym for "vast and diverse"  
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> a good word that encompasses both "vast" and "diverse"?

Some concepts have cosmic proportions. Finding a word to encompass the capaciousness and variety is sometimes harder (especially in English) than just using two or three! That said, I wouldn't be against finding a word, either:-)


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