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I open my eyes and see a panoply of shifting color and forms.
Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  a complete and impressive display of related items — such as a suit of armor or ceremonial dress
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More rarely, "panoply" can reference a protective covering.
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  • I open my eyes and see a panoply of shifting color and forms.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • This bright panoply was not meant for mere idle show, but had been worn by the Governor on many a solemn muster and training field, and had glittered, moreover, at the head of a regiment in the Pequod war.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove buttons.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Above him arched a mottled panoply of drifting leaves, supported by the thick trunks that buried themselves in the dry, bare ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • Quicker than the thoughts could follow those unexpected and audacious movements, an image, armed in the emblematic panoply of death, glided before their eyes, and assumed a threatening attitude at the other’s side.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He adorned himself in panoply of gold, then mounted, taking up his golden whip, and lashed his horses onward.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • This martial panoply belonged to the true prince—a recent present from Madam Parr the Queen.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • Sir Grummore Grummursum was cantering up the clearing in full panoply of war.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Some thirty pictures by the masters, uniformly framed and separated by gleaming panoplies of arms, adorned walls on which were stretched tapestries of austere design.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • In panoply of ancient kings, in chained rings he armoured him; his shining shield was scored with runes to ward all wounds and harm from him; his bow was made of dragon-horn, his arrows shorn of ebony, of silver was his habergeon, his scabbard of chalcedony; his sword of steel was valiant, of adamant his helmet tall, an eagle-plume upon his crest, upon his breast an emerald.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring

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  • BEGINNING OF A GREAT MALADY On the following day, at the accustomed hour, Marius drew from his wardrobe his new coat, his new trousers, his new hat, and his new boots; he clothed himself in this complete panoply, put on his gloves, a tremendous luxury, and set off for the Luxembourg.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • THE VOICE OF VIRAG: (A birdchief, bluestreaked and feathered in war panoply with his assegai, striding through a crackling canebrake over beechmast and acorns) Hot!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Mr. Dark came carrying his panoply of friends, his jewel-case assortment of calligraphical reptiles which lay sunning themselves at midnight on his flesh.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • The panoply of rays outlining Eragon’s hand faded into oblivion, leaving behind lurid pink afterimages streaked across his field of vision.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But he realised that what he had mistaken for simple phrases were indeed parts of the panoply which held and could inflict on him the anguish that he had felt while Odette was telling her story.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • …of these days, for the most part, it is the damask, brocade, and rich stuffs they wear, that rustle as they go, not the chain mail of their armour; no knight now-a-days sleeps in the open field exposed to the inclemency of heaven, and in full panoply from head to foot; no one now takes a nap, as they call it, without drawing his feet out of the stirrups, and leaning upon his lance, as the knights-errant used to do; no one now, issuing from the wood, penetrates yonder mountains, and…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Now it dipped below, seemingly igniting the depths of storm cloud from beneath and casting a panoply of colors along the entire western edge of the world.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Not till this was effected did the stranger bestow a glance on any other object; then he turned and showed the astonished Hurons the noble brow, fine person, and eagle eye, of a young warrior, in the paint and panoply of a Delaware.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Now when fair morn orient in Heaven appeared, Up rose the victor-Angels, and to arms The matin trumpet sung: In arms they stood Of golden panoply, refulgent host, Soon banded; others from the dawning hills Look round, and scouts each coast light-armed scour, Each quarter to descry the distant foe, Where lodged, or whither fled, or if for fight, In motion or in halt: Him soon they met Under spread ensigns moving nigh, in slow But firm battalion; back with speediest sail Zophiel, of…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • I sat forward on the edge of my seat to take in my favorite view of the city, and as I turned my neck, downstream to St. Paul’s, upstream to Big Ben, the full panoply of tourist London in between, I felt myself to be physically well and mentally intact, give or take the headaches and a little tiredness.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • They were of Saracen origin, and consequently of Arabian descent; and their fine slender limbs, small fetlocks, thin manes, and easy springy motion, formed a marked contrast with the large-jointed, heavy horses, of which the race was cultivated in Flanders and in Normandy, for mounting the men-at-arms of the period in all the panoply of plate and mail; and which, placed by the side of those Eastern coursers, might have passed for a personification of substance and of shadow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But it was no summer of a virgin’s itching discontent; no summer’s caesarean lack which should have torn me, dead flesh or even embryo, from the living or else, by friction’s ravishing of the male-furrowed meat, also weaponed and panoplied as a man instead of hollow woman.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Theresa came home to find Helen lost in a panoply of analytical tools, all laid out on the kitchen table.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • She was keeping what I call in my shorthand the panoply of life—that which we all lived in common —in being.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • A democracy, more perfect than any which antiquity had dreamt of, started in full size and panoply from the midst of an ancient feudal society.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • And her extra-long skirt, made by Mama in a nice strong red for the trip, rocked on her like a panoply as she readied herself for the opening ball, and missed it.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • It was, indeed, a solemn thing to look out upon that deserted spot, peopled by the dead in the panoply of the living, and thrown into the attitudes and acts of careless merriment and rude enjoyment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He was running the house with energetic stabs of his cane and his usual panoply of insults, and was so absorbed in his duties that when they arrived he greeted them with an indifferent kiss and forgot to ask after his daughter’s health.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Though accustomed to the sight of savage warriors, in the horrid panoply of their terrible profession, there was something so startling in the entrance, and so audacious in the inexplicable look of their conqueror, that the eyes of both sunk to the earth, under a feeling of terror and embarrassment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Exactly as the gnomon of the official dial up in the citadel pointed the second hour half gone, the legion, in full panoply, and with all its standards on exhibit, descended from Mount Sulpius; and when the rear of the last cohort disappeared in the bridge, Antioch was literally abandoned—not that the Circus could hold the multitude, but that the multitude was gone out to it, nevertheless.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • …forest, the soul; never to be content quite, or quite secure, for at any moment the brute would be stirring, this hatred, which, especially since her illness, had power to make her feel scraped, hurt in her spine; gave her physical pain, and made all pleasure in beauty, in friendship, in being well, in being loved and making her home delightful rock, quiver, and bend as if indeed there were a monster grubbing at the roots, as if the whole panoply of content were nothing but self love!
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • And fixing her eyes upon an embossed carabine, that shone against its panoply, "But when one is so poor one doesn’t have silver on the butt of one’s gun.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Why not just have a sock hop and be done with it?); George Chizmar, Ewen’s most artistic student, had done a small chalk sketch of gondolas on a canal at sunset and a gondolier in a huge straw fedora leaning against the tiller as a gorgeous panoply of pinks and reds and oranges stained both sky and water.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • To a Locomotive in Winter Thee for my recitative, Thee in the driving storm even as now, the snow, the winter-day declining, Thee in thy panoply, thy measur’d dual throbbing and thy beat convulsive, Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel, Thy ponderous side-bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides, Thy metrical, now swelling pant and roar, now tapering in the distance, Thy great protruding head-light fix’d in front, Thy long, pale, floating…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • His figured panoply of death looked more like a disguise assumed in mockery than a fierce annunciation of a desire to carry destruction in his footsteps.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • To the south were the Varden and the men of Surda, entrenched behind multiple layers of defense, where they displayed a fine panoply of woven standards, ranks of proud tents, and the picketed horses of King Orrin’s cavalry.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • …(or lack of it) on Goldfield or Sutpen walls held portentous prophecy of what was to be; —Yes, running out of that first year (that year before the War) during which Ellen talked to me of trousseau (and it my trousseau), of all the dreamy panoply of surrender which was my surrender, who had so little to surrender that it was all I had because there is that might-have-been which is the single rock we cling to above the maelstrom of unbearable reality; —the four years while I believed…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He, in celestial panoply all armed Of radiant Urim, work divinely wrought, Ascended; at his right hand Victory Sat eagle-winged; beside him hung his bow And quiver with three-bolted thunder stored; And from about him fierce effusion rolled Of smoke, and bickering flame, and sparkles dire: Attended with ten thousand thousand Saints, He onward came; far off his coming shone; And twenty thousand (I their number heard) Chariots of God, half on each hand, were seen; He on the wings of…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • "At this moment Don Quixote came out in full panoply, with Mambrino’s helmet, all dinted as it was, on his head, his buckler on his arm, and leaning on his staff or pike.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Nay, but fair sir," said the Prior, "I pray you to remember that Malkin hath as little skill in arms as her master, and that I warrant not her enduring the sight or weight of your full panoply.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Perhaps this was because the First Mate always paraded it in panoply of gold.
    Montgomery, Lucy Maud  --  Anne’s House of Dreams
  • We had a refreshing nap, then got up about three in the afternoon and put on our panoply.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • Some of the courtiers — the elder ones, for instance — wore traveling dresses; but all the rest were clothed in warlike panoply.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Ten Years Later
  • It was because of the moral weight his awful panoply would have with the Bedouins.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • And there, under his purple panoply, nose crooked like a Napoleonic eagle and eyes glittering and beady, sat Sol Glenhart.
    London, Jack  --  Moon-Face and Other Stories
  • He stood for a moment in the light of the lamp, thick, clumsy, shapeless in his panoply of combat, vigilant and red-faced.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Typhoon
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