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Definition a complete and impressive display of related items — such as a suit of armor or ceremonial dress
  • I open my eyes and see a panoply of shifting color and forms.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • 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
  • Theresa came home to find Helen lost in a panoply of analytical tools, all laid out on the kitchen table.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • He adorned himself in panoply of gold, then mounted, taking up his golden whip, and lashed his horses onward.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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