phalanx

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GRE

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

a massed group of people or things

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phalanx - group

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The formal word ‘phalanx’ originally referred to a body of troops standing in close formation for the purposes of defence or attack. From that sense, it has come to mean a large group of people or things standing or moving together for a particular purpose.

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Synonyms troupe
Antonyms inimitable

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  1. The business mogul entered court on the first day of his trial surrounded by a phalanx of lawyers.

  2. A phalanx of police officers blocked the road to stop the protestors from marching on the government building.

  3. The movie star faced a phalanx of photographers as she attended the premiere of her latest blockbuster.

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