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plurality -- as in: candidate had a plurality
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • Mrs Squeers, when excited, was accustomed to use strong language, and, moreover, to make use of a plurality of epithets, some of which were of a figurative kind, as the word peacock, and furthermore the allusion to Nicholas’s nose, which was not intended to be taken in its literal sense, but rather to bear a latitude of construction according to the fancy of the hearers.

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  • Precisely at the same hour in which Mehring and Langner were being done to death, the overwhelming plurality of human beings, two miles away on the Polish farms, five thousand miles away in New York, were sleeping or eating or going to a film or making love or worrying about the dentist.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Whatever portable plurality she found, she organized into neat lines, according to their size, shape, or gradations of color.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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