- having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
- numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities.
1590s, from L. multifarius "manifold," from multifariam "in many places or parts," perhaps originally "that which can be expressed in many ways," from multi- "many" + -fariam "parts," perhaps from fas "utterance, expression, manifestation," related to fari "to speak" (see fame).
"After sixty years of frenzied production, Flynn and Giráldez wrote, the world had accumulated so much silver that its value began to fall... The impact was multifarious and planet-wide."
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created