Motley vs Multifarious - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between motley and multifarious
is that motley
is comprising greatly varied elements, to the point of incongruity; heterogeneous while multifarious
is having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold.
As a noun motley
is an incongruous mixture.
Comprising greatly varied elements, to the point of incongruity; heterogeneous.
*:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
Having many colours; variegated.
An incongruous mixture.
A jester's multicoloured clothes.
(by extension) A jester; a fool.
* 1598 , , III. iii. 71:
* 1609 , :
- Will you be married, motley ?
- Alas, 'tis true, I have gone here and there, / And made myself a motley to the view,
Having multiplicity; having great diversity or variety; of various kinds; diversified; made up of many differing parts; manifold.
* 2005 , .
(legal, of lawsuits) in which a party or a cause of action has been improperly or wrongfully joined together in the same suit, as in a misjoinder.
- It is divided into parts that are too small and multifarious .
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