What is another word for motley?

317 synonyms found


[ mˈɒtlɪ], [ mˈɒtlɪ], [ m_ˈɒ_t_l_ɪ]

Motley is a word that can be described as diverse, varied, mixed, and colorful. It is often used to depict diversity among people, cultures, or things. Synonyms for motley include hodgepodge, eclectic, varied, diverse, patchwork, disparate, mingled, heterogeneous, multicolored, and variegated. Hodgepodge refers to a mixture of unrelated things, eclectic is used to describe a collection of different styles or influences, and patchwork refers to a quilt made of many different fabrics. Disparate is used to describe things that are fundamentally different, and mingled refers to things that are intermixed or blended together. Heterogeneous is used to describe things that are different in nature, and multicolored refers to something that has many colors. Finally, variegated is used to describe something that is varied or diversified in appearance.

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What are the hypernyms for Motley?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the hyponyms for Motley?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.

What are the holonyms for Motley?

Holonyms are words that denote a whole whose part is denoted by another word.
  • holonyms for motley (as nouns)

What are the meronyms for Motley?

Meronyms are words that refer to a part of something, where the whole is denoted by another word.
  • meronyms for motley (as nouns)

What are the opposite words for motley?

Motley is a term used to describe a combination of different colors or patterns, often seen in clothing or art. Its antonyms can be used to describe the opposite of motley, such as uniform, monochrome, consistent, consistent or monochromatic. Uniform refers to things that have a consistent or identical appearance, while monochrome describes a single color or shade. Consistent describes items that are the same throughout, while monochromatic refers to colors of the same hue. By using these antonyms, we can describe items that are not motley, but instead have a more uniform or consistent appearance.

Usage examples for Motley

I pass a group of goats feeding on one of these hedges, black, white, and brown-a pleasant motley of moving colour.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah"
William G. Burn Murdoch
What a fine building it is, and what a motley slack lot of people you see there!
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah"
William G. Burn Murdoch
Mr. motley said long ago that the Times would, if possible, work up a war between the two countries, and though I can't speak from my own knowledge, as I have seldom looked at its articles, I have no doubt from what John and others say that he was right....
MacCarthy, Desmond

Famous quotes with Motley

  • It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage.
    Learned Hand
  • Our country, the United States of America, may be the world's largest economy and the world's only superpower, but we stretch ourselves dangerously thin by taking on commitments like Iraq with only a motley band of allies to share the burden.
    John Spratt
  • A many-colored light flows from our sun; Art, 'neath its beams a motley thread has spun; The prison modifies the perfect day; But thou hast known such mediums to shun, And cast once more on life a pure white ray. Absorbed in the creations of thy mind, Forgetting daily self, my truest friend I find.
    Margaret Fuller
  • In each of the cathedral churches there was a bishop, or an archbishop of fools, elected; and in the churches immediately dependent upon the papal see a pope of fools. These mock pontiffs had usually a proper suit of ecclesiastics who attended upon them, and assisted at the divine service, most of them attired in ridiculous dresses resembling pantomimical players and buffoons; they were accompanied by large crowds of the laity, some being disguised with masks of a monstrous fashion, and others having their faces smutted; in one instance to frighten the beholders, and in the other to excite their laughter: and some, again, assuming the habits of females, practised all the wanton airs of the loosest and most abandoned of the sex. During the divine service this motley crowd were not contended with singing of indecent songs in the choir, but some of them ate, and drank, and played at dice upon the altar, by the side of the priest who celebrated the mass. After the service they put filth into the censers, and ran about the church, leaping, dancing, laughing, singing, breaking obscene jests, and exposing themselves in the most unseemly attitudes with shameless impudence. Another part of these ridiculous ceremonies was, to shave the precentor of fools upon a stage erected before the church, in the presence of the populace; and during the operation, he amused them with lewd and vulgar discourses, accompanied by actions equally reprehensible. The bishop, or the pope of fools, performed the divine service habited in the pontifical garments, and gave his benediction to the people before they quitted the church. He was afterwards seated in an open carriage, and drawn about to the different parts of the town, attended by a large train of ecclesiastics and laymen promiscuously mingled together; and many of the most profligate of the latter assumed clerical habits in order to give their impious fooleries the greater effect; they had also with them carts filled with ordure, which they threw occasionally upon the populace assembled to see the procession. These spectacles were always exhibited at Christmas-time, or near to it, but not confined to one particular day.
    Joseph Strutt
  • It would be difficult to describe the subtle brotherhood of men that was here established on the seas. No one said that it was so. No one mentioned it. But it dwelt in the boat, and each man felt it warm him. They were a captain, an oiler, a cook, and a correspondent, and they were friends, friends in a more curiously iron-bound degree than may be common. The hurt captain, lying against the water-jar in the bow, spoke always in a low voice and calmly, but he could never command a more ready and swiftly obedient crew than the motley three of the dingey. It was more than a mere recognition of what was best for the common safety. There was surely in it a quality that was personal and heartfelt. And after this devotion to the commander of the boat there was this comradeship that the correspondent, for instance, who had been taught to be cynical of men, knew even at the time was the best experience of his life. But no one said that it was so. No one mentioned it.
    Stephen Crane

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