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Multitude, 1) a great number: “what love I note in the fair m. of those her hairs,” John III, 4, 62. “every honour sitting on his helm, would they were --s,” H4A III, 2, 143. Especially a great number of people: “since they, so few, watch such a m.” H6A I, 1, 161. “his army is a ragged m. of hinds and peasants,” H6B IV, 4, 32. “not fit to govern and rule --s,” V, 1, 94. “why come you not? what, --s, and fear?” H6C I, 4, 39. “lest by a m. the new-healed wound of malice should break out,” R3 II, 2, 124. “what a m. are here,” H8 V, 4, 71. “advantageous care withdrew me from the odds of m.” Troil. V, 4, 23.
2) a crowd: “among the buzzing pleased m.” Merch. III, 2, 182. “followed him in golden --s,” H4A IV, 3, 73. “how the giddy m. do point,” H6B II, 4, 21. “stay with the rude m. till I return,” III, 2, 135. “was ever feather so lightly blown to and fro as this m.” IV, 8, 58.
3) the common people, the vulgar: “which the rude m. call the afternoon,” LLL V, 1, 95. “that many may be meant by the fool m.” Merch. II, 9, 26. “rank me with the barbarous --s,” Merch. II, 9, 26 the still discordant wavering m. H4B Ind. Merch. II, 9, 26 “for the m. to be ingrateful, were to make a monster of the m.” Cor. II, 3, 11. Cor. II, 3, 11 “the manyheaded m.” Cor. II, 3, 11 “the m., besides themselves with fear,” Caes. III, 1, 180. “he's loved of the distracted m.” Hml. IV, 3, 4. “that nothing-gift of differing --s,” Cymb. III, 6, 86.
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