great majority


great majority
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   A shortened form of the great majority of souls, who are presumed to be in heaven, limbo, or elsewhere:
    Life is the desert, life the solitude. Death joins us to the great majority. (Young, 1721)

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  • majority — ▪ I. majority ma‧jor‧i‧ty 1 [məˈdʒɒrti ǁ məˈdʒɔː , məˈdʒɑː ] noun majorities PLURALFORM 1. [singular] most of the people or things in a particular group: • Some franchisees quit, but the majority are still hanging on. majority of …   Financial and business terms

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